How will Covid-19 impact your NCT?

Covid-19 has had an impact on the NCT centres around Ireland however, following the re-opening of the country, they are back in operation. If you have an NCT coming up or if you are thinking of booking your next one, then worry not because your Covid-19 related NCT questions should be answered below.

1.What are the NCT centres doing to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

If you are anxious about visiting an NCT centre, then it’s reassuring to know that the centres have a strict protocol in operation regarding Covid-19 transmission. The following guidelines are being adhered to:

Training:

All NCT employees have received mandatory training surrounding the relevant health and safety Covid-19 procedures. This training has covered all the necessary HSE guidelines including social distancing requirements, personal hygiene and the correct use of PPE.

Hand-washing:

All employees at all NCT centres must wash their hands at regular intervals throughout the day with soap and water. They are also provided with the appropriate hand sanitation materials.

Inspection hygiene:

Prior to inspection, all vehicle inspectors will wash their hands. Additionally, where possible all entrance doors will be left open to minimize the risk of virus transfer through door handles.

Social distancing:

New processes have been put in place for anyone entering a test centre to ensure that all attendees and staff are kept safe. With this in mind, customers will be asked to remain outside the centre while the test is being carried out. Vehicle inspection records will be left on the seat of the customer’s vehicle to avoid the need for customers to re-enter the premises.

  1. What can customers do to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

While staff at NCT centres have a multitude of guidelines in place to ensure the protection of the customer, the customer can also follow recommended protocols to protect both themselves and the staff. Such as:

  • The customer can book and pay for their theory test online thus eradicating any need for contact payment.
  • Ahead of attending the NCT, the customer can ensure their car is not left in an unhygienic state. All used tissues, wipes, masks or gloves should be removed.
  • If the car owner in question for the relevant NCT appointment is considered high risk or is vulnerable for any reason, another person should be organised to present the vehicle for the NCT.
  • Car owners should leave their window slightly open when driving to the test centre as this will allow air to circulate and will ventilate the car.
  • Similarly, customers should ensure that their air vents in their vehicle are shut and that the fan has been reduced to the lowest level possible.
  • Customers should adhere to all social distancing measures when entering the centre.
  • While identification will still be required, it should not be handed to the staff member unless requested specifically.
  • Once the inspection is complete, the NCT Certificate and Vehicle Inspection Report will be returned to the customer’s vehicle so that the customer does not need to enter the test centre, unless they have a query.

3.The NCT prices have been changed as per a government incentive.

The NCT prices have changed as of the 1st of September. This is due to the government’s stimulus plan and their initiative to reduce the VAT rate for 6 months.

  • A full test will now cost you: €54.10
  • A retest will now cost you: €27.55.
  • Cancellation fee – full test: €21.65.
  • Cancellation fee- re-test: €11.30.
  • Lost Certs and NCT reports will now cost you: €15.25

It’s important to remember that the fee for cancelling a test will be added to the original cost of the full test or retest.

4.Is there a dedicated time to allow elderly or vulnerable people to visit the test centre for their NCT?

Unfortunately, if you feel that you are in a high risk category and do not feel comfortable presenting yourself at the NCT centre, there is not an allocated slot. It is perfectly acceptable however, to organise for someone else to bring your car for it’s NCT. It is noteworthy that whoever brings the car to the centre on your behalf will have to present their own identification.

5.Will I have to wear a face mask?

It is not mandatory to wear a facemask when bringing your car for its NCT however, it is strongly advisable for the safety of others around you.

6.Is the vehicle pre check list still the same?

Apart from ensuring that you haven’t left any unhygienic mater around your car ahead of your test, the NCT pre check-list is the still same.

 Remember, in advance of your test it’s a good idea to check that the windscreen, wipers and washers are all present and working correctly.

Similarly, you should address the condition of your seatbelts, ensure they are working properly, and that none of the ends are frayed etc.

Check your tyre condition, do a thread test and ensure nothing looks distorted.

Scrutinise your stop lamps, make sure they are all working effectively, are securely mounted and the switch operates correctly etc.

Check your indicator is working and is amber in colour.

Give your horn a practice beep or two in order to check that it’s working as it should be. For more tips on the pre-NCT check list you can click here.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the routine of our daily lives and that can make us anxious. It’s important to know that ahead of your NCT the staff at the test centres are doing all they can to put you at ease. If you follow recommended procedure, this process can be painless!

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