Motion: Backlog in MOT Testing


That this Assembly stresses the importance of fair and timely access to vehicle testing across Northern Ireland; believes it is unacceptable that many motorists are facing lengthy delays to secure an MOT appointment; notes with concern the impact such delays have on those living and working in our communities, including in rural and hard-to-reach areas, as well as many businesses; regrets the costly and protracted delays in opening new testing centres at Mallusk and Hydebank; expresses alarm at increased fees for MOT testing in the absence of tangible progress toward ramping up capacity; and calls on the Minister for Infrastructure to bring forward an ambitious and costed plan to tackle the backlog in tests, cut waiting times, deal with ‘no shows’ and ensure fairer access for those who are currently disadvantaged as soon as possible.

Mrs Deborah Erskine
Mr Stephen Dunne
Mr Keith Buchanan