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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Tuesday, 23 Oct 2001

Vol. 542 No. 5

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Deirdre Clune


364 Ms Clune asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he intends to alter the provisions or requirement under the national car test scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25164/01]

The Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations, 1999 to 2001, draw a distinction between reasons for failure that give rise to the refusal of a test certificate and other reasons for failure, commonly termed "fail advisory" reasons, that do not result in refusal of the certificate. In any case where "fail advisory" reasons are present in a car for which the test certificate has been issued, the owner of the car is obliged not to use the vehicle in a public place unless the defects have been rectified.

I am considering the designation of a number of existing "fail advisory" reasons as reasons for refusal of a test certificate. This would represent a second stage of the phased approach to the introduction of mandatory roadworthiness testing for cars and would be implemented as part of the Government's ongoing efforts to improve road safety.