28/01/2020

MOT Tests Suspended Across NI

MOT tests for cars and light vehicles have been suspended for further notice.

The Department for Infrastructure announced on Monday evening that tests have been suspended "with immediate effect".

The move comes after faults with vehicle lifts were identified.

Tests on heavy goods vehicles and buses are continuing today, however all customers scheduled for a standard vehicle test should not attend their centre.
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Drivers with expired MOT certificates will be automatically issued an exemption certificate and can therefore continue to drive. The exemptions are invalid, however, for taxis and four year-old vehicles.

Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency Paul Duffy explained: "For customers with four year old vehicles and taxis, we are working to urgently find a solution to get these vehicles through MOT and will contact customers directly. The DVA will issue a further statement as a matter of urgency to advise these customers and those who have MOTs booked for later this week. We want to advise customers that more cancellations are very likely."

The DVA offered an apology for the inconvenience caused.



(JG/CM)

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