The NCT will not be going cashless after all.
Junior Minister Jack Chambers has confirmed that the national car testing service will not be removing cash from its payment options.
NCT operator Applus+ last week announced that test centres were going cashless for customers “safety and convenience”.
The announcement was widely criticised with charities for the elderly warning that many older people are not computer literate and remain reliant on cash.
Speaking to Newstalk, Minister Chambers said no changes to the payment system were agreed with the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
"The current system of payment is continuing and if any alternative is agreed, there will have to be a payment system which facilitates those who cannot access online or electronic payment structures," he said.
He said he has been clear that the NCT payment system must be "inclusive and accessible for all members of the community".
Reporting from Matthew Joyce.