Roy Beggs has demanded action over the figures, which reveal that in recent months the number of applications for a full test has shot up compared with earlier in the year.
They also show that, despite testing more cars each month, the service is still a long way from keeping pace with the applications.
“Hard working DVA testers are carrying out additional shifts during the evenings and at weekends, but still cannot meet demand,” said East Antrim MLA Mr Beggs.
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“Additional testing capacity is urgently needed.”
The raw figures from the NI Statistics nd Research Agency are as follows.
~ May: 47,931
~ June: 52,086
~ July: 57,393
~ August: 81,227
~ September: 93,653
~ October: 95,555
These applications now far outstrip the number of tests.
~ May: 48,378
~ June: 44,697
~ July: 42,261
~ August: 60,680
~ September: 57,227
~ October: 73,554
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