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Bi-annual MOTs could be introduced in Northern Ireland for cars under 10 years old

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Bi-annual MOT tests on cars less than 10 years could be introduced following the fallout of faulty lifts at centres across Northern Ireland.

Annual tests were cancelled in their thousands last week following the revelation – arising in Armagh – that lifts were not fit for safe use.

MOT tests for cars and light vehicles across Northern Ireland have since been suspended.

Temporary exemption certificates have been given to drivers whose MOTs have expired but who are unable to have them tested.

However, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon says she will seek legal advice on moving MOT tests for private cars and light vehicles from an annual basis to a biannual basis for vehicles under ten years old.

And Newry and Armagh MLA, Cathal Boylan has welcomed the announcement saying it is a move that would bring the north’s MOT testing system into line with that of the Republic of Ireland.

The Sinn Fein representative said: “Last week I called upon the Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon to consider moving towards an MOT system similar to the South.

“This would greatly alleviate a lot of the backlog pressures that MOT centres currently face, by allowing for a more efficient testing system in the north.

“It could also help everyday drivers who would have to spend less on MOT tests every year.

“However, any change should not decrease road safety standards and I remind drivers to service their vehicles routinely.

“I am pleased she has confirmed today that the Department will be seeking legal advice on bringing the North into line with the rest of the island on MOT testing.”

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