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Crowe calls on Minister to clarify reports of unofficial industrial action at car testing centres

21 August, 2006


Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has called on the Minister for Transport Martin Cullen to clarify the situation surrounding rumours of unofficial industrial action at National Car Testing centres throughout the State. Speaking today Deputy Crowe said he has been receiving reports that many car testers are refusing to issue certificates for cars that successfully pass the NCT which is resulting in unnecessary disruption to many people's daily lives.

He said, "I have been receiving reports this morning that car testers are refusing to issue certificates to the owners of cars that successfully pass the National Car Test. This seems to be part of some sort of unofficial industrial action on the part of the car testers.

"The owners of the cars must either travel to Dublin to collect their certificates of wait for them in to arrive in the post. This means that the cars are off the road for at least a couple of days resulting in loss of earnings for many people who depend on their cars to earn a living. This is already having a huge affect on taxi drivers in all rural parts of the country. I know of one man in Louth who currently has twelve taxi's off the road because of this. Transport Minister Martin Cullen clarify this situation as a matter of urgency as it is causing unnecessary disruption to many people's daily lives." ENDS

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