Irish motorists are advised to change the way they book their NCT to avoid the current six-month backlog.
By booking online, many drivers are placed at the back of a long queue, leaving some without a valid NCT for months.
According to Applus+, you can get ahead of the queue if you ring the bell instead of using the online booking service.
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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, like many other businesses, NCT Centers are still working on a backlog.
The company that runs the NCT service has revealed to the Irish Independent that it only advertises around a third of dating online.
A spokesperson also said motorists would benefit from calling by getting an appointment within a month instead of entering the long wait in line.
She told the Independent: “Covid is still impacting us; there are staffing issues. If a motorist applies online and the first appointment is around six months away, please phone us.
“If people then call us, we’ll get them an appointment much sooner, within a month.
“All centers have fairly high demand at the moment, with Drogheda having the highest wait time and Limerick the shortest waiting time.”
Drivers are also reminded that the NCT should be performed annually on vehicles over ten years old.
However, those who own cars, vans and other vehicles between four and nine years old will need to have them inspected every two years.
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