Plan for new NCT centre welcome


East Galway TD Paul Connaughton has welcomed news NCT centre is examining the provision of a new centre in Tuam, which could have a throughput of 20,000 vehicles per annum and said that this news further cements the case for north Galway to be the setting for a new National Driving Licence Service office.
‘NCT has rightly recognised that Tuam and surrounding areas have a growing population and that it is not suitable or practical to bring motorists from North Galway into the city to have their car tests conducted.
‘Not alone could the new centre represent the creation of six to eight new jobs in the town, it would also prove convenient for thousands of motorists, who prefer not to have to negotiate city traffic and the congestion of peak times in Galway city. At the moment motorists from North Galway have to travel to Galway City, Ballinasloe or Castlerea in County Roscommon, to have their tests conducted.
‘NCT is currently looking for expressions of interest from owners of suitable premises in Tuam. They chose Tuam as a new centre because of the increasing demand in the region, which is projected to continue. This is a great vote of confidence in the town and a signal of increasing demand in years to come.
‘It is envisaged that the new centre will be a two-lane centre, which could cater for up to 20,000 cars per year. I will be working with NCT in coming months to bring this project to fruition and believe that this move by NCT underlines the need for a National Driving Licence Service centre in north Galway to serve the local and regional population. People from north Galway cannot be expected to drive a 50 or 60 mile round trip for a driving licence renewal and I will also be continuing my efforts in this regard.’