Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA, who had been pressing for a longer term solution to the MOT backlog following the discovery of faulty MOT ramps in January, has welcome the decision of Infrastructure Minister Mallon to give a one year MOT exemption but has urged drivers to ensure that regular vehicle checks would be carried out.
Roy Beggs MLA said, “Following the discovery of metal fatigue cracks and the restriction in MOT testing a considerable body of vehicles were now approaching the end of their 4 month exemption period. But with the test centres closed because of the Coronavirus, the backlog awaiting testing has extended even further. I therefore support the decision of the Minister to give the one year temporary exemption for cars due from 11 May. The Minister had to provide a significant extension to get us all through this period.
I would however highlight to drivers that they continue to have a legal responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is road worthy. I would urge vehicles owners to continue to have maintenance checks and the necessary work carried out to keep themselves, other drivers and pedestrians safe, and their cars covered by their insurance”.