NCT CRISIS: Local taxi driver David O'Sullivan had to travel to Skibbereen to renew his NCT. Photo by Sean Moriarty
By Sean Moriarty
Taxi drivers in Killarney have been forced travel as far as Skibbereen in West Cork to ensure their National Car Test (NCT) is in order.
Last week the NCT service announced that it was suspending the underbody inspection of cars due to a fault with the lift that it is used for such inspections.
The Killarney NCT centre was one of 47 centres nationwide that was effected by the issue.
Taxi drivers, especially those who need to renew their public carriage licence, must have a full and valid test certificate. The partial cert currently offered by NCT centres will not be accepted by the National Transport Authority, the Government agency that manages taxi regulations – meaning without a valid NCT – they’ll be off the road.
Private motorists were advised to present their cars as per their scheduled appointment and that every part of the test except the underbody section would be completed. Once the situation is resolved drivers can return to an NCT centre and complete the test.
While it is illegal to drive an unroadworthy car, Killarney Gardai said they would take a “common sense approach” to motorists who did not have the correct cert as a result of the lift issues.
Some NCT centres have reopened fully since last week’s controversy – Killarney’s test centre will recommence underbody testing “within the next week” according to a statement issued by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland.
The Skibbereen test centre was one of the first to offer full tests since last week’s nationwide lift failures.
“Seven or eight of us had to go to Skibbereen,” Killarney-based taxi driver David O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser. “It’s four or five hours round trip so it is half a day’s wages but these things happen, our cars suffer wear and tear and these lifts are up and down every day too.”
Top tips for exfoliating your skin
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation. There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one […]
One of the most important steps when we are looking after our skin, face and body is exfoliation.
There are many different types of exfoliators so finding the right one is important. We don’t want to cause any unnecessary damage, especially to the face.
We must help to exfoliate the dead cells to reveal new glowing skin. As dead cells have a negative effect on the skin, it clogs pores, creates dark spots and rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles as well as dullness and dryness. Also, the build up of dead cells can inhibit the effectiveness of skin care products as serums and creams can’t reach the basal (lower) layer which is the active level of the skin. This layer is responsible for the growth of collagen and elastin. These molecules/cells rise up to the outer layer giving your skin plumpness. Think of them like grapes when they are youthful and hydrated. Unfortunately as we age, and if we don’t look after our skin, environmental factors such as the sun, wind, and diet can cause the collagen and elastin cells to look more like raisins. Therefore, it’s super important to exfoliate those dead cells away.
The different types you can choose from might depend on your likes or dislikes and if your skin is normal or combination. If you have dry, thin skin you must be careful to choose a suitable exfoliating product, something without grains, as they can sometimes be a little harsh. If they are dissolving grains they maybe suitable.
A great tip when exfoliating the body is to put on exfoliating mitts every time you shower. Always apply a little body lotion after every shower or bath also.
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Budget 2023 has been announced, so what’s in it for you?
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and […]
At lunchtime today (Tuesday) Budget 2023 was announced which includes an €11 billion package in what’s been described as a ‘Cost of Living Budget’.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath announced a series of measures which they say will be “focused on helping individuals, families and businesses to deal with rising prices”.
It included a further €300 million in public service support measures funded from the Contingency Reserve Fund.
“We were emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now face a further economic challenge,” Minister Donoghue said.
“The government understands, and I understand, the worries which small business owners, farmers, pensioners, those who work really hard to get by, will feel. This is why the government will help, and by helping our country will overcome this challenge.”
THE BUDGET AT A GLANCE
Personal Tax Credit, Employee Credit and Earned Income Credit set to increase by €75
Standard rate band for Income Tax is to increase by €3,200 to €40,000
Increase in the second USC rate band (2 percent rate) from €21,295 to €22,920 in line with the 80 cent per hour increase in the national minimum wage recently agreed by this government
€200 electricity credits for homes over the next three billing cycles – November, January and March – (€600 in total)
Petrol/Diesel: The reduction on excise duty on fuel previously announced earlier this year to ease the cost of petrol and diesel has been further extended until February 28, 2023. Motorists will continue to pay 21 cent per litre in respect of petrol, 16 cent per litre in respect of diesel and 5.4 cent per litre in respect of Marked Gas Oil.
A €1.2 billion package of supports for businesses hit by soaring energy costs
New Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) has been set up to assist businesses with their energy costs. A monthly cap of €10,000 per trade will apply and an overall cap will apply on the total amount which a business can claim.
Excise on pack of 20 cigarettes to increase by 50 cent
Lump sum payment of €400 for Fuel Allowance recipients will be paid before Christmas
Extra lump sum for the elderly, carers, and disabled as social welfare rates go up €12
VAT: 9 percent VAT rate which is currently in place to support the tourism and hospitality sectors to remain in place until February 28, 2023
Double Child Benefit payment for all eligible parents on November 1
Christmas bonus to be paid in December, with a separate double payment in November
New rent tax credit worth €500 for 2023. This can also be claimed for 2022. This applies to those who do not get any other housing supports. Approximately 400,000 persons are expected to benefit.
Rural Ireland will get a €390 million investment for development
Newspaper: VAT on newspapers to be reduced from 9 percent to zero from January 1, 2023.
1,000 new Garda and 430 Garda staff will be provided
20% fare reduction on public transport will be extended to the end of 2023
Weekly social welfare rates will be increased by €12 for working age recipients
€12 increase in weekly payments for pensioners
Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40
€2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child
An increase in eligibility for Fuel Allowance
€500 lump sum for families availing of the Working Family Payment, a €500 lump sum for carers, a €500 cost of disability payment and a €20 increase in the domiciliary care allowance for sick children
All inpatient hospital charges will be abolished, GP visit cards will be provided to those on or below the median income (340,000 additional people)
There will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child.
Drug Payment Scheme threshold will remain at the lower rate of €80 in 2023
Funding will be provided for IVF treatments
Free contraception will be available for all women aged between 16 and 30
Childcare and education
Free School Book Scheme for primary school pupils from autumn 2023
Over 660 additional mainstream teachers, over 1,190 SNAs and 680 special education teachers will be provided
The National Childcare Scheme hourly subsidy is to increase from 50c to €1.40
A €500 increase in post-graduate contribution grant for eligible families
Over 4,800 additional places on craft and consortia-led apprenticeships and 4,000 places on craft apprenticeship programmes will be supported
Funding will be made available to support 8,800 new HAP tenancies and 800 RAS tenancies
9,100 new-build social homes, 5,500 new affordable homes for sale and rent and 6,500 new social homes will be supported
Funding to deliver 37,000 home energy upgrades
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