Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Noel Ahern

Question:

693 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the failure rate of national car tests by depot and age of owner; the failure rate for reports; his views on whether it makes sense to fail vehicles for insignificant imperfections, for example, 2% on a back brake deficiency; and his further views on vehicles failing on emissions and passing after a can of additive is added without any mechanical works. [20040/00]

Information on the failure rate of cars undergoing the initial national car test is set out in the tables below. The information is given by testing centre and by age of car. Criteria for the testing of emission and service brake efficiency levels reflect the standards and tolerances set out in EU Directive 96/96/EC and are mandatory.

Failure Rate by Test Centre–Based on testing since 31 July, 2000

Testing Centre

Failure Rate %

Abbeyfeale

49

Arklow

53

Athlone

50

Ballina

53

Derrybeg

50

Deansgrange

56

Cahir

44

Cahirciveen

41

Carlow

47

Carrick-on-Shannon

63

Castlerea

61

Testing Centre

Failure Rate %

Cavan

62

Charleville

46

Clifden

48

Cork

46

Northpoint

60

Donabate

55

Fonthill

61

Donegal

59

Drogheda

64

Dundalk

58

Ennis

53

Enniscorthy

54

Galway

48

Kilkenny

45

Killarney

47

Letterkenny

52

Limerick

58

Longford

58

Macroom

51

Monaghan

60

Mullingar

55

Kells

61

Nenagh

46

Naas

64

Portlaoise

54

Skibbereen

55

Sligo

78

Tralee

44

Tullamore

65

Waterford

54

Westport

51

Youghal

58

Failure Rate by age of car–Based on testing since
29 February, 2000

Year

No. Tested

No. Failed

Fail %

1991

44,538

20,706

46.5

1990

49,152

25,294

51.5

1989

36,004

20,567

57.1

1988

21,630

12,667

58.6

1987

12,025

7,373

61.3

1986

7,934

4,879

61.5

1985

4,833

3,103

64.2

1984

2,098

1,397

66.6

1983

929

614

66.1

1982

688

483

70.2

1981

550

373

67.8

1980

311

222

71.4

1979

182

120

65.9

1978

157

104

66.2

1977

138

85

61.6

1976

66

45

68.2

1975

54

36

66.7

1974

78

54

69.2

1973

126

86

68.3

1972

79

47

59.5

1971

37

24

64.9

1970

15

9

60.0