As a measure to clear the backlog after recent issues with lifts across the Northern Ireland MOT network, a number of test centres are to open on Sundays.
As a safety measure due to the discovery of several cracked lifts at test centres, the decision saw all MOT tests cancelled for vehicles across the Provence.
HOWEVER four year old vehicles with expired certificates are being prioritised and testing of HGVs, buses and motorcycles were unaffected and continue to go ahead.
After a wide inspection, a number of lifts have been replaced in Belfast, Lisburn & Londonderry, and MOT centres are being put back in operation for ‘priority customers’.
A statement from the DVA Chief Executive, Paul Duffy reads:
“”We are endeavouring to work to notify in advance anyone who is affected and to reschedule their appointment as soon as possible. Those with MOT expiry dates in the coming days are being prioritised,”
The DVA say that test centres at Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Craigavon, Larne, Lisburn, Omagh, Newry and Newtownards will open on Sunday, with discussions to extent hours during the week ongoing.
Drivers who have their appointments canceled, are issued with temporary exemption certificates to allow them to continue on the road. DVA advices is to continue to book your appointment so any exemption can to processed if necessary.