One in every 15 cars submitted for the National Car Test last year were found to be dangerously defective and unsafe to be driven on public roads.
One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective

One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective

One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective

One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective

One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective

One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective
One in every 15 cars submitted for NCT in 2019 found to be dangerously defective
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One in every 15 cars submitted for the National Car Test last year were found to be dangerously defective and unsafe to be driven on public roads.

Figures published by the Road Safety Authority show over 92,000 vehicles examined at a NCT test centre during 2019 were found to be in an unroadworthy condition.

A total of 92,523 cars were classified as “fail dangerous”.

They represent 6.6% of almost 1.4 million cars tested at 47 NCT centres nationwide last year.

Although the vast majority subsequently obtained a NCT, a total of 2,791 vehicles were still found to be dangerously defective following a re-test.

According to the RSA, tyres in poor condition and problems with brakes are the main reason why cars are deemed dangerous to drive on public roads.

A RSA spokesperson said the large number of cars being classified as “fail dangerous” was not surprising.

As a result of the implementation of an EU directive on roadworthiness tests on motor vehicles since 2018, all defects are now classified as either minor, major or dangerous.

“Many motorists are still unaware about the change in classification and there is a need to educate car owners that there are some problems which will have their vehicle deemed unsafe to drive on public roads and that they need to take the issue seriously,” the spokesperson said.

A recent survey by the RSA indicated that 40% of all car owners used the NCT as a diagnostic tool for problems with their vehicles which the RSA claims explains the higher failure rate for the initial test.

“People need to stop using the NCT to identify problems with their car. They should be getting it serviced regularly by a mechanic as it is a much more detailed examination. The NCT can never be a substitute for a full service,” said the RSA spokesperson.

Neither the RSA nor Applus, the operator of the NCT, collect information on the number of people who still drive away from NCT centres in an unroadworthy vehicle or who arrange to have their car towed away.

The RSA spokesperson said anyone who continued to drive a vehicle after it was deemed dangerously defective was “irresponsible”.

Any motorist whose vehicle is classified as “fail dangerous” is advised that it is unsafe to be used on the road “under any circumstances”.

A sticker stating “failed dangerous” in placed on such vehicles by NCT inspectors at the end of a test.

It is illegal for a vehicle to be driven on a public road with dangerous defects which means the driver may incur penalty points and a court appearance if caught by An Garda Síochána.

Any motorist detected driving an unroadworthy vehicle is liable for a fine of up to €2,000 and five penalty points and/or a three-month jail term.

The RSA said that gardaí were automatically notified via the National Vehicle and Driver File of any vehicle that was overdue its NCT by three months.

Such information is also now available to gardaí at roadside checkpoints who are equipped with new hand-held devices for checking on the licensing status of drivers and vehicles stopped.

RSA figures show 50% of all cars which underwent a NCT last year passed the full test – up from 49.1% in 2018.

In addition to the “fail dangerous” vehicles, over 603,000 other cars also failed the test.

The figures indicate that over 41,500 vehicles which did not pass the full test were not submitted for a re-test.

Cars first registered in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and any older vehicles were due for testing last year.

The RSA confirmed recently that it has required Applus to pilot changes to the testing of a vehicle’s suspension.

It follows a €31,000 award by Cork Circuit Civil Court against Applus for failing to spot a faulty suspension in a vehicle, which was subsequently involved in a fatal traffic collision.

A post-collision report found the vehicle to be unroadworthy both at the time of its involvement in a fatal crash near Fota, Co Cork in December 2012 and when it passed the NCT seven months earlier.

The driver of the vehicle, a young Cork woman, Amanda O’Flaherty (26) was killed after it veered suddenly into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

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Conor McGregor UFC news: Irish TV details and live stream for Donald Cerrone fight at UFC 246

Conor McGregor UFC news: Irish TV details and live stream for Donald Cerrone fight at UFC 246

Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone do battle in Las Vegas this weekend in a welterwight clash at UFC 246  - here is how viewers in Ireland can watch all of the action.

BT Sport Box Office hold exclusive UK and Ireland rights to the former two-weight UFC champion's scrap with 36-year-old 'Cowboy'.

The BT Sport Box Office HD channel will screen all of the preliminary card and main event action. Saturday's fights can be purchased here for €29.95.

The preliminary card gets underway at 1am Irish time, with the main card beginning at 3am in the early hours of Sunday morning.

UFC 246 culminates with McGregor making his long-awaited return to the Octagon, but there are also four other fights to look out for on the main card.

In the women's bantamweight division, Holly Holm takes on Raquel Pennington.

Aleksei Olinik fights fights Maurice Green in a heavyweight showdown and Anthony Pettis faces Carlos Diego Ferreira at lightweight.

Claudio Gadelha and and Alexa Grasso also go toe-to-toe in the women's strawweight division.

Conor McGregor

McGregor has been installed as firm favourite with the bookies as he looks to kick off 2020 in style.

The 31-year-old is priced at 3/10, with Cerrone the underdog at 5/2.

And McGregor is expecting to land a major windfall for his latest fight, predicting: "I’m confident it’s gonna be a nice paycheque.

“Probably the most in my mixed martial arts career. I’m estimating a good $80 million.”

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Deontay Wilder promises to rip Tyson Fury's head off ahead of heavyweight showdown

Deontay Wilder promises to rip Tyson Fury's head off ahead of heavyweight showdown

Deontay Wilder has told Tyson Fury he will “rip his head off” as he mocked the Gypsy King’s clams to be the lineal world heavyweight champion.

Wilder claims he is “the lion, the king of the jungle” and says he will prove it in their rematch at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 22.

The unbeaten WBC heavyweight king also vowed to end Fury’s claims to be the division’s No 1 because of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

The pair clashed at their head-to-head press conference in Los Angeles and Wilder goaded Fury, claiming his lineal title is “make believe and fake”.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury pose at their press conference

Wilder, 34, said: “He goes around talking he has the lineal title, something that is make believe and fake. He has no belt except the one that holds his pants up now. That’s the only thing he has.

“Come February 22, that lineal b ** t, it ends. It ends with him.

“All that talk before, it dies, it’s dead. This is a new beginning this is unfinished business that I will finish. I will do exactly what I said I would do, I will knock him out.

“I’m the lion, the king of the jungle and come February 22, I’m going to rip his head off his body.

“I’m going to knock you through those ropes so you can really feel a WWE moment in real life.”

Fury famously rose from the canvas after being floored in the 12th round of their controversial draw and Wilder claims he gave him concussion.

Wilder is confident of victory in Las Vegas

“When you’ve got power, there ain’t no way around that,” said the Bronze Bomber. “You can’t prepare for power. The only thing you can do is hope that when it lands, it doesn’t do that much damage.

“I gave this man a concussion the first time. He don’t even know how he got on the ground or how he got up and ladies and gentleman, that is a concussion.”

Wilder, who is 42-0-1, also ridiculed Fury for switching trainers again and he has dumped Ben Davison and hired SugarHill Steward, nephew of the legendary Manny Steward, for the rematch.

“Why so many new trainers, why so many rotations?” said the American. “He rotates trainers like he does his drawers, every day changing, hiring, firing.

“I’m sat here with the same old trainers and still to this day I have the same people. You don’t see me firing anyone. You don’t see me bringing anyone in, yet you’re supposed to be this great fighter.”

Their last bout ended up in a controversial draw

Fury, 31, who is 29-0-1, began camp at the start of the month and claims the lineal title is real.

“Anyone who knows boxing knows its lineage goes back to the days of John L Sullivan right up to me today,” said the undefeated Fury.

“If he beats me, he’ll be beating the lineal heavyweight champion of the world, which means he will be the best of his era.”