MOT backlog shows it’s getting harder and harder for public to keep cars on the road: Beggs

A UUP MLA has pointed to a growing backlog in MOT applications, saying that it shows “it’s increasingly difficult for the public to keep their cars on the road”.

By Adam Kula
Sunday, 21st November 2021, 5:29 pm
Updated Sunday, 21st November 2021, 6:38 pm
Figures show that despite testing more cars each month, the MOT service is still a long way from keeping pace with the applications
Figures show that despite testing more cars each month, the MOT service is still a long way from keeping pace with the applications

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.

Roy Beggs of East Antrim

“Additional testing capacity is urgently needed.”

He also said the infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon (SDLP) should focus on issuing exemptions from MOT tests, to prevent motorists who cannot get a test done being prosecuted.

The raw figures from the NI Statistics nd Research Agency are as follows.

Test applications:

~ 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.

Tests completed:

~ May: 48,378

~ June: 44,697

~ July: 42,261

~ August: 60,680

~ September: 57,227

~ October: 73,554

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