Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist member of the Infrastructure Committee has expressed concern at the growing length of the MOT waiting list which has increased by 36,426 vehicles in September and a further 22,001 vehicles in October.
“I am concerned that the MOT waiting list has grown over the past two months. It is disappointing that staffing levels have not enabled testing capacity return to the pre-COVID testing levels of 2019. Hard working DVA testers are carrying out additional shifts during the evenings an the weekend but still cannot meet demand. Meanwhile it is increasingly difficult for the public to keep their car on the road.”
Roy Beggs MLA has been made aware from the MOT booking site that there is extremely limited availability of MOT slots anywhere in Northern Ireland over the next 10 weeks. It is becoming increasingly difficult to book an MOT when it is required.
“Additional testing capacity is urgently needed and I have urged the minister to once more utilise Temporary Exemption Certificates, particularly for newer cars requiring MOT so that the public can keep their cars on the road without SORN fines and the risk of prosecution.”