Written Answers. - Vehicle Testing.

Liam Aylward

Ceist:

88 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the progress, if any, made in his Department regarding compulsory MOT testing; if tenders have been accepted to date; the procedures involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15387/98]

It is intended to introduce car testing as early as practicable next year. Testing will be carried out at dedicated test centres under the control of a contractor to be appointed on a national basis on foot of an EU wide competitive tendering process. The outcome of the qualification stage has now been notified to all applicants and five consortia are being invited to submit detailed tenders with a view to selecting the contractor by autumn 1998. Further details of start up arrangements will depend on the particular proposals of the selected contractor, including the ability to mobilise promptly the network of test centres and other resources.