NCTFine Gael TD for Kildare North, Deputy Anthony Lawlor says that new measures being introduced at the Naas NCT Centre will greatly improve the NCT service which is positive news for drivers in Naas and across North Kildare. There has been a real surge in demand for NCT tests on the back of changes made to the penalty points system late last year. While the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has been working hard to cope with the unprecedented demand for tests, ultimately steps had to be taken to alleviate the pressure on the system.

“For a long time now I have been pushing for measures to be introduced to alleviate the pressure on NCT services in Kildare.”

I had multiple queries from constituents who were finding it difficult to secure an appointment for their NCT. The high demand for testing was also causing serious difficulty for garage owners trading in second-hand cars whose business relies on an efficient NCT service. Under the measures announced today Naas test centre will open additional test lanes and will extend their opening hours. This is very welcome as it will help people who work shifts or need an urgent appointment. It also addresses the negative impact on trade for garage owners”.

Changes have also been made to the online booking system, to make it easier for customers to book and pay for their test on-line. Customers can also log a request for a booking, directly through the website, if a suitable test slot is not available.

“Our public services need to be as responsive and as flexible as possible in meeting public demand and the ability to offer a full NCT service, outside the normal working hours, serves to meet this demand.  The roll-out of these additional measures will ensure that the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) is as effective as possible in ensuring the roadworthiness of vehicles on our roads allowing them to continue to play a key role in preventative road safety. It is expected to take a few weeks for the current high level of demand for tests to reduce to more normal levels but people should see a marked improvement within a very short period of time.”