Cartell.ie understands that Applus+, the company given responsibility to conduct the National Car Test (NCT) will launch an internal investigation following revelations last night on RTÉs Prime Time programme which claimed bribes had been accepted by NCT officials in return for allowing defective vehicles pass the test.
This calls into question the integrity of the NCT process not least because angry motorists will now question why they are spending significant amounts of money to ensure their vehicle meets the required standards.
The vehicles in question on the programme were defective taxis which had initially failed the NCT but which subsequently were granted an NCT certificate following the payment of a bribe of €100 per vehicle. In a statement by Applus the company said it would ‘vigorously investigate the matter and had reported the issue to the Gardai.’
UPDATE: Three employees of Applus+ have been sacked in response to the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme.