Odometer Readings and Verification by the Presenter of the Vehicle.

From July 28, 2014 the NCTS will begin printing vehicles’ odometer readings (to a maximum of three prior readings) on NCT certificates. This will make prior readings readily available to potential buyers, and should assist in deterring odometer fraud.

Currently, the odometer reading recorded at the last test is available on the NCT certificate and on the Vehicle Inspection Report – from July 28, 2014, this reading will also be printed on the NCT disc. During each subsequent test additional odometer readings will be printed on the NCT Certificate (to a maximum of three prior readings).

Odometer readings provide a good measure of the relative health of a vehicle – an older vehicle with fewer miles/kilometres on the clock may need a different level of service to a newer vehicle with more mileage. Tampered odometers can prevent owners and mechanics from providing an appropriate level of care for their vehicle, thereby endangering those who travel in it.

What does this mean for my NCT?

When you next present your vehicle for an NCT you must verify that the recorded odometer reading is accurate, as you won’t be able to amend it once your vehicle has left the test centre.

Odometer readings

There may be legitimate reasons why an earlier reading is higher than a more recent one, for example, if a speedometer has been replaced.   However, it might also suggest that the odometer has been ‘clocked’ or tampered with – this could lead to criminal proceedings under the Road Traffic Act 2014(PDF).