Testing times — 22 Comments

  1. You must have a wierd system over there. I ring local garage, take it in the day after, wait a week for all the welding to be done and collect it.

    It's one thing being ok with MOTs as there are less dangerous cars on the road, but when they fail you for having a number plate light out, its taking the piss a bit.

    • Taking the piss is not the expression!  Here a car can be failed if it doesn't have the letter "E" on all four tyres, for fuck's sake.  That is just playing silly buggers.

    • …wait a week for all the welding to be done and collect it.

      Heh! I remember all that shit only too well. It was always the sills that needed patching up. They must be designed to collect water inside so they can rot away unseen until the rust manages to break through to the great outdoors.

      The Irish system must be very odd. Don't they have garages licensed to do MOTs (or NCTs, if you prefer)? I'm assuming that the testing stations are all arms of government there? As Bucko says, in UK you can get it done at a moment's notice.

      • The whole shebang has been farmed out to a private company who is the only one licensed to do the tests.  Their stations are scattered around the place and unless you live in a city, you're fucked.  What's worse, they keep adding things to be tested which increases test times, without increasing the number of centres.  Madness.

  2. The old bureaucratic Catch-22 then? It's illegal to drive without it but you can't get it either because of the bureaucrats and their meddling. Technically too, any Garda who stops you without one can impound your car. Mind you, I wouldn't like to be that particular young uniform on the day. He might hear words he's never heard before among other things.

    • It is indeed typical of this country – they introduce something new and completely fail to build the infrastructure needed to provide the service.  This NCT thing has been running for decades and they still can't get the damned thing right.

      Maybe when I finally get an appointment, I'll tell 'em they have to come out to me because I can't legally drive to them?

  3. Never mind the NCT, when are you going to bring back the finger? That kept me and the kids good for hours.

    • That finger involved a shed load of code to get right.  It had to go, though I might introduce it on the sidebar just for you.  Are you that desperate to be insulted?

      • You would have to be exceptionally good to insult me GD.. No, I just thought it was funny, and added a bit of character to the blog. I had no idea about the amount of code needed to do it though, I had thought that it worked on a simple 'onmouseover' event tag, a couple of lines aof Javascript and a second image.


        • The problem with it was that it was just a small change to a large image.  MouseOver replaces an entire image with another which would have meant two banners [relatively big files which take a noticeable time to load].  I also avoid Javascript as a rule as not everyone enables it.  I used CSS and had to divide the banner up into a number of discreet elements which was a tad messy [as WordPress only caters for one single element in the header], but I just wanted to see if I could do it. 

          Maybe I'll have a crack at it again and see if I can tweak the new layout!

  4. Buy a new one GD, splash out!! I bet if we went to pay our road tax and the system told us to come back in three months due to delay, that problem would be rectified quickly!!  PS just a reminder to ya, if the NCT cannot give you a test within 30 days then it is free, according to their charter. But they wont tell ya that!

    • I have a problem.  The car is now 12 years old but only has around 40,000 miles on the clock [genuine – I would swear it on the Kama Sutra] so any trade in that I could afford would get me a car with a higher milage.  Not very sensible?

      Thanks for the PS!  Excellent!  Charter, Paragraph 4.  Memorised.

      • 40k isn't much for a car nowadays GD but at 12 years old there would be many other things to think about as well, such as chassis/bodywork and any subchassis bearings etc (suspension, steering). You don't strike me as the kind of chap who crawls under it every weekend to clean out wheel arches and sills etc, not saying that yours would be in bad condition but worth considering the option of another car?


        • It gets a regular overhaul and is generally in excellent nick.  The only things wrong with it at the moment are a tiny leak in the boot [still there after all my best efforts but it's no longer a flood], a slow puncture which means re pumping one of the tires every fortnight, and the little cover flap on the ashtray is broken.  Apart from that, it's as new.

  5. It's just called an "Inspection" here in the States, it's a yearly thing and what exactly has to be "inspected" on a vehicle varies from state to state. Many states have official "Inspection stations" which tend to be scattered throughout not only in the cities and larger towns but in the middle of the woods sometimes. Other states, like Vermont for example, don't require official inspection stations and let the auto garages go through a certification process to become able to do state auto inspections if they wish. Most do.

    And then there's the "sniffer up the tail pipe" variations. Some states require it and some states don't. In some states, that was all an "inspection" entailed–how much horribleness you were shoving out the exhaust pipe, never mind that the the vehicle was a rusted hulk without enough metal to attach a license plate.

    For myself, it's a tight exhaust system, decent brakes, enough tread on the tires, no rust through holes into the interior, all lights working, no "Check engine" or idiot lights on that shouldn't be and a valid registration and insurance cards.

    Then again, we were talking about auto inspections weren't we? Not me.

    • Our test [set of course by the EU] consists of 62 different items which cover just about anything you can think of, including emissions.  They tried to fail me once because the car was full of dog hairs.  Another time they tried to fail be because my hub caps "required special tools" to remove them [they are clip-ons!].  It also costs €55 a shot to be insulted!

  6. Over here in La Belle France the Controle Technique is every two years but they go through everything, including the size of the tyres, especially if you have changed the wheels from the ones fitted out of the factory. If the size does not correspond exactly with what the manufacturers list, it does not pass and should you go ahead and fit something different e.g. a 225/50/17 instead of 215/50/17 and you are involved in a serious accident it can give the insurance a loophole not to pay and you get caned. Everything is looked at, perhaps with the exception of the air con and as GPS is to be fitted for the European wide Galilleo satelite vehicle tracking system from this year no doubt that will be included too. I drive around in an old diesel BMW but even though the emission numbers are a little less strict than for the latest generation it still has to run clean.


    • Presumably the test in France is much the same as here?  All happy members of the EU family together?

      A couple of years ago I had to replace four perfectly good tyres [the originals] with four new ones as the originals didn't have some fucking EU mark or other on them and were therefore deemed "illegal".  That really made me see red.

  7. Sounds about right. Over here if you run a French car things might get mentioned but unless its serious it stops there, German cars are respected, if you bring one in second hand from over there you have no trouble getting it registered, other European makes are OK, even British stuff but Japan and USA, unless it was bought from a French agent ho ho ho, have fun with that.

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