Motorists are booking NCTs which are further away from their locality in order to secure a test, according to a motoring expert.

It comes as some centres have waiting lists of up to six months, as a result of staff shortages and an increase of car sales.

Locally, the next available NCT appointment in Ballina is the 7th of August while in Ballina, motorists will only have to wait until the 18th of August.

However in centres in Castlerea and Tuam, motorists can face a wait of nearly 3 months, with the next available NCT date being the 8th of November in both centres.

Some centres, such as Naas and Macroom, don't have dates available until 2023, with Drogheda facing the longest wait time, with the next available appointment there being the 31st January 2023.

Motoring journalist with CompleteCar.ie, Dave Humphreys, says availability can depend on the size of the centre...

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