The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has suspended part of its test with immediate effect due to serious safety concerns with its vehicle lifts.
The decision comes just one day after MoT tests in Northern Ireland were cancelled after “signs of cracking” were found in almost 50 lifts.
In a statement, Applus+, which is the operator of the NCTS, said it will discontinue the use of ramps across the network until a full condition survey of all lifts is completed.
However, drivers due for an NCT will still be able to take two-thirds of the test, but will have to return and take the final part once the issue has been resolved.
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“NCTS were recently made aware of a defect with a similar make and model of MAHA lift. Following that information, condition surveys have been instigated.
“All customers should continue to book and turn up for their NCT as normal. The test will be completed with the omission of the underbody inspection, which will be conducted at a later date when the lifts are returned to use.
“Customers will incur no additional costs as part of this process. Our priority at this point…is the safety of our staff and our customers’ property. We do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” the statement read.
Paul Duffy, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland, said this week that following further inspections of lift faults at MoT centres, the contractor had not provided sufficient assurances on the effectiveness of the ongoing repairs.