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NCT update

Insurance providers will be 'pragmatic and understanding' in their approach given the current NCT delays.

Insurance Ireland has stated that: 'Insurance Ireland members will be pragmatic and understanding in their approach to the current delays at the National Car Testing Service(NCTS). Cover will continue to be provided where customers, through no fault of their own, are unable to obtain their NCT due to backlogs at test centres.

Motor insurance and road traffic legislation require that motorists maintain their vehicles in a roadworthy condition at all times and this remains the case. Under the current circumstances, provided motorists make every effort to book appointments in the normal way, insurance companies will recognise that the current issue is not the fault of the customer.'

NCT and your Driving Test (updated 24 March 2023)

One of the requirements of a driving test is to have a roadworthy vehicle with a valid NCT disc, if applicable. This is for your safety and the safety of our driver testers. 

If you have an upcoming driving test appointment but your vehicle does not have a valid NCT please cancel your driving test booking through the  MyRoadSafety portal.  Use the cancellation reason 'No availability' and you will not lose your fee.  You will be sent an invitation to book a new test date as soon as possible. 

NCT priority list

If you have a driving test booked and you're not able to get an appointment at your chosen NCT centre before your test date, you can call the NCT on 01 4135992 to get a prioritised appointment.  The NCTS will do their best to accommodate you with a time and date that's convenient. 

Your car can be tested up to 90 days in advance of its test due date without affecting the expiry date of the cert. This system is in place to ensure you have enough time to get your car tested before the current cert expires.