Cllr Margaret Tinsley, Carla Lockhart MP, Cllr TIm McClelland
Local MP Carla Lockhart has called on Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon MLA to get a grip on the continuing delays to MOT availability, and to reassure drivers that those facing delays to MOTs will not face penalty or prosecution.
Carla Lockhart said:
“Anyone who attempted to book an MOT over recent months knows full well the delays involved in accessing a test. In many cases it is weeks, if not months, of wait.
"This obviously raises important questions for motorists, around the continued use of the vehicle on the road. Can a vehicle be driven without an MOT? If the tax on the vehicle ends in parallel with the MOT expiration, is it still permitted on the road? Will the PSNI issue penalty points if caught using the vehicle on the road?
"It is important that drivers get clarity on these issues from the Minister. And it is important that the flexibility and permissions needed in this shambolic situation is given by the Minister.
"I have challenged the Minister on this point, and she has indicated that if a car is roadworthy it will be allowed on the road, as long as proof of a MOT booking can be presented. However, we need clarity on the road tax issue as well.
"Ultimately, we need this MOT backlog cleared. The Minister is consulting on a two-year test model and I believe there is merit to this proposal. However, in the short term we need quicker fixes by the Minister. The question is whether or not she is up to the job of providing those fixes?”