Now that people are worried about penalty points fo not having an NCT - there are long waits for tests. The fact that most cars are first registered in the early part of the year has also increased waiting times.
If people are stopped by gardaí for not having a valid NCT - they need to provide proff of having booked an NCT test - but he NCT can't provide that until they give you a definite date.
You end up on a "priority list" - but they won’t issue a letter saying you’ve made an attempt to get an NCT. You’re ringing, ringing, ringing to see if you can get an appointment – it’s like a lottery, basically. You may get an appointment at a test centre which is miles away from where you live - but you don't have to accept that.
Applus+ - the company who operate the NCT have said that gardaí can ring Applus (NCT) to confirm that motorists in this position are on a priority waiting list for a test.
You can't book a test more than 6 weeks in advance. Which seems stupid.
There is a clause in the customer charter of NCT - that offers a free test if you have to wait more than 4 weeks for an appointment. I am sure there will be many people claiming the free test over the coming months. (€50 )