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The Importance Of NCT & CVRT

The NCT is a mandatory exam that is performed on all cars in Ireland more than three years old. The test is carried out every two years. Once your car is ten years old, you must get the test every year. The NCT is a test to ensure that the car you drive is roadworthy and safe for you and others. It also helps the environment by reducing harmful emissions. It is run by Applus+ on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

There are currently 47 test centres across Ireland, however they can be booked up in advance, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time when booking. You can now get three penalty points for not having a valid NCT on your car, so it is more important than ever to take the test.

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Pre-NCT Inspection

  1. Check all the vehicle lights and condition of lens.
  2. Check headlamp alignment and adjust if necessary free of charge.
  3. Check wiper blades condition and operation
  4. Check washers
  5. Check horn operation
  6. Check condition of safety belts and operation
  7. Connect diagnostic scanner to car and check airbag, abs, and engine management for any faults and reset if possible
  8. Check exhaust emission and catalyser condition for petrol only
  9. Check engine mount condition
  10. Check timing belt condition
  11. Check oil level
  12. Check for oil leaks
  13. Check tyre condition, specification and set tyre pressures
  14. Visual inspection of all brake pipes and hoses
  15. Check suspension and steering for wear
  16. Visual check of all shock absorbers
  17. Visual inspection of front brake pads and discs
  18. Visual inspection of rear disc and pads if fitted
  19. Check wheel bearings
  20. Check CV joints and gaiters
  21. Check handbrake operation
  22. Check exhaust for leaks and condition
  23. Check registration plate condition
  24. General inspection of body work for rust
  25. Check all glass for chips and cracks
  26. Check that all door and window operated correctly

CVRT Testing Preparation

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) is a roadworthiness test for all commercial vehicles, buses with more than eight passenger seats and ambulances, all over one year old. The purpose of the test is to ensure that these vehicles are in good condition throughout its entire life.

The CVRT pre-test includes:

  • Brakes
  • Lights and markings
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Steering and suspension
  • Chassis and underbody
  • Tachograph
  • Speed limiter
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Electrical systems
  • Glass and mirrors
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