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Public Accounts Committee should investigate Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme (NIRO) – Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has highlighted the need for the PAC to carry out an investigation into the generation of electricity from renewable energy in Northern Ireland. This follows the publication of the Northern Ireland Audit Office report entitled ‘Generating electricity from renewable energy’. Mr Beggs said: “Given the scale of the costs involved in the overpayments, and Northern Ireland`s past experience of the RHI debacle, I believe that the Public Accounts Committee should carry out a further investigation into the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme. We simply cannot afford to let this slip by. “The Comptroller and Auditor General`s report makes for uncomfortable reading and should sound alarm bells within Government. The warning signs are there in the NIAO report. It also raises questions for the future. What will be the extra unnecessary cost to our economy and how much extra … Continue reading

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Beggs presses for additional capacity to help ease MOT and Driving Test backlog

Speaking at a meeting of the Infrastructure Committee at Stormont last week, Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA, of East Antrim, has pressed Departmental Officials on the details of MOT and Driving Test backlogs. He also put forward the point that the DVA need additional resources to combat extensive waiting lists. Roy Beggs MLA said “I see that there is a bid for £11 million for lost revenue for DVA, but I do not see any bid for capital equipment or staff for the future. There are huge pressures on DVA. For instance, yesterday, there were approximately 1,000 people queueing to get onto the website to book an MOT. I declare an interest as someone who will need an MOT in a few months’ time. There were 730 people queueing to get onto the website to book a driving test. I understand that it has been extended beyond … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes further roll out of part-time 20 mph speed limit at East Antrim schools

Ulster Unionist Party Transport spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed the further roll out of part-time 20 mph speed limits at 100 schools in Northern Ireland, following on from a similar successful pilot scheme at Model PS, in his East Antrim constituency. Roy Beggs MLA said “At the 20mph lower speed limit, fewer accidents occur and injuries tend to be less severe. Having previously lobbied for the pilot 20mph scheme at Model Primary School, I am pleased to learn that the part time 20mph speed limit has been expanded to an additional 100 schools. It will enhance road safety for our children, parents and staff and at these busy school sites and make our roads safer for all. Locally, I welcome the part-time 20mph speed limits at Upper Ballyboley PS, Islandmagee PS, Carrickfergus Grammar School and Carrickfergus Academy, which adds to the pilot scheme at Model PS, Carrickfergus.” Ends

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Beggs concerned at driver testing backlog and DVA complacency

Roy Beggs MLA, UUP spokesperson for Infrastructure, has expressed concern at the degree of complacency shown by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) during questioning about the driver testing backlog at the NI Assembly Infrastructure Committee. Roy Beggs MLA said: “There is an extensive backlog of new drivers wanting to complete their driving tests. The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) advised the committee that their testing capacity was reduced by over 15% because of COVID-19 risk assessments. Given this background, it was inexplicable that DVA expressed a wait and see attitude rather than act now to recruit more temporary driving examiners. “It is obvious that there will be high demand for driver testing in October when testing will once more be open to everyone and I was therefore disappointed at the lack of urgency shown by DVA. There is a need to act now to increase driver testing capacity to … Continue reading

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Larne Security Alert

East Antrim UUP representative Roy Beggs MLA has commented on the security alert that saw the Circular Road Roundabout closed through to the Curran Road. Roy Beggs MLA said “Thanks to the professional work of the bomb disposal experts and the PSNI, I am pleased that the WW1 grenade in Larne was able to be made safe and the roads re-opened relatively quickly – minimising localised disruption.”

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