BRACE YOURSELF – NCTS to start opening test centres on a phased basis from 8th June

Ah, it was great while it lasted.

The NCTS has confirmed that test centres will begin to reopen on a phased basis starting on June 8th. This date is subject to approval by Government still, but it’s likely to get the go-ahead.

Test centres due to reopen on June 8th;

  • Cork – Little Island
  • Cork – Blarney, Northpoint 1 & 2
  • Dublin, Deansgrange
  • Dublin, Fonthill
  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Limerick
  • Waterford
  • Letterkenny
  • Athlone
  • Ballina
  • Naas
  • Drogheda
  • Derrybeg

If you own a car which was due to be tested before the 28th March 2020, you can now make a booking for one of the above centres.

NCTS has confirmed that if your home is more than 20km from one of these test centres you do not need to travel to test your car and must adhere to the governments travel restrictions. Happy days! 😉

To NCTS has said it has “put detailed measures in place, in each test centre, to mitigate against the spread of COVID19 and to protect both customers and staff”.

Do you need to do anything different when or before you arrive?

The NCTS are doing their best to limit the spread of the virus and have given the follow advice for anyone attending a test centre. We’ve taken a few highlights from their advice below;

  • In advance of attending for NCT, please ensure your vehicle is being presented in a hygienic state
  • Only customers with confirmed appointments should present their vehicle for inspection
  • Only one person must present the vehicle for inspection
  • posted as you enter the centre.
  • All customers must adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • Driver identification will still be required to be shown at check in, but it should not be handed to the staff member
  • Once checked in, customers will be advised to wait in their vehicles or if they prefer to wait outside
  • the building.
  • Leave windows lowered slightly to allow for air to ventilate naturally throughout the vehicle
  • Once the inspection is complete, the NCT Certificate and Vehicle Inspection Report will be left in the customer’s vehicle so that the customer does not need to return to the test centre, unless they have a query.

If you would like to read the full guidelines or for more information on what you should expect, check out the full FAQ outlined by the NCTS.

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