Following a competitive tender process, the SGS Group was awarded the contract to operate and manage the car testing service in Ireland. NCTS now operates 43 Test Centres throughout the country. The SGS Group is the largest inspection, testing and verification company in the world.
Although this lesson has been about braking, the NCTS tests all physical aspects of car safety: wheels, tyres, lights, steering, electrical systems, mirrors, fuel systems etc. The standards for exhaust emissions for both petrol and diesel engines are designed to minimise the harmful effects of atmospheric pollution. The NCTS employs about 450 people in vehicle inspection, customer service, technical and administrative roles.
Find out more about the NCTS and car testing at www.ncts.ie
You can also find out more about the SGS Group at www.ie.sgs.com
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The fractional distillation of crude oil to produce petrol and other fuels is described in this lesson. The concept of the Octane Number is defined. The effects of incomplete combustion and the function of additives to improve performance are also covered.
The topical issue of air pollution is the subject of this lesson. In particular, the ecological impact of fossil fuels is described. The issues of the greenhouse effect and global warming are also covered. The meaning of the Carbon Cycle is explained, as is the importance of vehicle maintenance.