Northern Ireland

Equipment replacement may impact on MOT waiting times

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) is warning that motorists may face delays to MOT tests because of work to update vehicle test equipment.

The rollout commences in Cookstown on 1 August and will continue across the other centres over the next 12 months.

DVA chief executive, Stanley Duncan, said the upgrade was necessary to "ensure continued reliability and consistency of vehicle testing".

He said it was inevitable that some vehicle test lanes would be closed.

"This will be kept to an absolute minimum, but customers are urged to book their MOT tests as early as possible, in order to have some choice of appointment dates," he said.

"Waiting times vary between centres and it is often the case that tests can be secured more quickly at centres close to the one customers normally use.

"For example customers in the greater Belfast area will find centres at Belfast (Balmoral Road), Mallusk, Newtownards and Lisburn test centre, all within reasonable travelling distance."

The work to be carried out will include replacing all scissors lifts and other parts of equipment in car lanes, and some equipment parts in the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) lanes.