The National Car Testing Service has said that its test centres will not re-open tomorrow.

The NCTS had indicated in a statement on its website that the Government had designated it an "essential service". 

But a spokesperson for the service has now confirmed to RTÉ News that inspections are now cancelled until further notice

The NCTS was informed of the development by the Road Safety Authority just before 6pm.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, said in a statement that the measure was brought in to comply with the new public restrictions announced by the Government last night.

Mr Ross asked his officials together with the RSA to introduce measures to address the implications of suspending these services.

He said: "It is critical that we give drivers as well as operators of commercial vehicles peace of mind in relation to the status of their licence, learner permit, NCT certificate or certificate of roadworthiness, especially if it has expired or is likely to expire during the period of the Covid-19 health crisis."

Mr Ross added that people do not have to worry about issues surrounding the NCTS but stressed the public must also drive safely on the road. 

He said:  "Road Safety laws remain in force and will be enforced.  Drivers must not speed or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and they must keep their vehicles roadworthy  for their own sakes and all our sakes."