NCT centre in Ennis reopens

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*Photograph: John Mangan

Ennis’ NCT centre has reopened.

15 National Car Test (NCT) centres resumed operations at the beginning of June with the remainder such as Ennis reopening towards the end of the month and the beginning of July.

All NCT certificates were extended by a further four months to minimise pressure on the testing service during COVID-19 restrictions. Minister for Transport, Shane Ross (IND) announced the suspension at the end of March.

At the time of the suspension, no return date was given on when drivers would be able to get their cars tested. As such, operators cancelled all 84,476 appointments which were booked at the time.

Customers that had already booked their car in for testing have been advised to check new test dates on the NCT’s website.

During the restrictions, Applus the company which operates the NCT centres confirmed that vehicle inspection lifts were replaced where necessary.

Use of the lifts was temporarily suspended at the end of January, following the completion of a detailed condition survey a month later, it was revealed that 85 of the 106 lifts in the country were in need of repair. “All centres reopening will have functioning lifts and all tests will be completed in full,” a spokesperson said.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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