Cars registered before January 1st 1980 are exempt from nct testing.
Effective from January 4th 2010:
Cars registered on or after 1 January 1980 will be subject to the NCT. In this way older vehicles will be brought into the testing system year on year.
New arrangements will apply when it is considered that a tested vehicle would be a danger to the public if driven. In such a case a “Fail Dangerous” notice will be affixed, and An Garda Siochana will be notified if the owner/presenter drives the vehicle from the centre. The use of a dangerously defective vehicle on a public road is an offence for which the driver and owner could be prosecuted with a fine of up to €2,000 and 5 penalty points on conviction and/or 3 months imprisonment.
If you are importing a car from within the EU, VRT will be payable on all cars which are under 30 years old.
The revenue comissioners have a handy calculator which will help in calculating the VRT due.
Any car which is 30 years old or more will be charged a nominal fee (€200) to register.
From September 1st 2010 all imported vehicles will be inspected at designated NCT centres. The NCT service have a useful website explaining the procedure.
If you drive different vehicles and can never remember which side the fuel cap is on when pulling into a petrol station, you can check this by looking at your fuel guage.
The little fuel pump symbol on the guage has the hose attached to one side, which will correspond with the side your fuel cap is on in the car, e.g. if the hose is on the right of the little pump then the fuel cap is on the your right.
Alternatively there will be a little arrow pointing to which side the filler cap is on.