Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (75, 76)

Dan Neville

Question:

135 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Transport the plans he has to review the pass-fail criteria of the NCT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6594/04]

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Seymour Crawford

Question:

137 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Transport the plans he has to review the NCT system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6725/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 and 137 together.

I have no plans to review the criteria for refusal of a national car test certificate. The NCT was introduced in order to implement the requirements of EU Directive 96/96/EC relating to the roadworthiness testing of passenger cars. The directive specifies the items to be tested as part of a vehicle test. The NCT reflects both the requirements of the directive and those laid down in national regulations relating to the standards which a vehicle must meet for use on a public road.