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Fixed Charge Notices - Traffic

My NCT has expired. Can I drive on the roads?

All cars are required to have a valid NCT when in use.  The only exemptions set down in the Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 322 of 2014) are as follows:

(7) Section 18 and these Regulations do not apply to a vehicle—
(a) other than a small public service vehicle, first registered prior to 1 January 1980,
(b) other than a small public service vehicle, which is used solely on an off-shore island,
(c) on the day on which a test certificate in respect of the vehicle had been refused,
(d) in the 24 hour period prior to a test appointment in the case of a vehicle heretofore used solely on an off-shore island attending for a first test provided evidence of the appointment is produced, or
(e) which is owned or operated by the Garda Síochána or the Defence Forces.


See www.ncts.iefor further details.