Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Transport spokesperson said, “I was surprise to be advised by Departmental officials at the Infrastructure committee, after several months that they are still ‘assessing risks’ at MOT centres. Meanwhile our private sector garages and mechanics have had to put in suitable policies and provide an necessary PPE to repair vehicles. Public officials seem to be slow to adjust services to enable them to provide necessary services to the public in a safe manner. ”
Locally, Garages and mechanics have been deemed to be essential workers and many have continued to operate by putting in distancing policies and using PPE where necessary. Indeed, in GB garages which are MOT centres, have also continued to provide MOT certificates.
Roy Beggs, Member of the Legislative Assembly for East Antrim, then focused on the motor cycle practical tests which do not require close contact between the applicant and the examiner who would follow on a different motorcycle.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “I have also been shocked to learn from officials that there have been no motorcycle driver tests since March. I would urge the Minister to ensure that the review of motorcycle testing would be urgently completed so that new safe working practice can be identified and services can be resumed for those seeking a motorcycle driving licence”