Northern Ireland MOT exemption extended to 12 months

Six-month MOT extension remains for rest of UK as crisis continues

Northern Ireland MOT exemption extended to 12 months

Drivers in Northern Ireland whose MOTs are due during the pandemic shutdown have been granted a one-year exemption.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said it would not be possible to accommodate the backlog as well as conduct normal business at testing centres.

Drivers will instead apply for MOTs as normal next year.

Related: UK’s independent garages adapt to current challenges with more now reopening

MOT backlog

Ms Mallon said: “I have decided the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) will continue to issue temporary exemption certificates (TECs) to those vehicles, private cars, goods vehicles, trailers or motorcycles until their normal MOT date.

“This means a vehicle will get an exemption for one year which will bring it back into the system when there is capacity to test it.”

The DVA initially suspended all vehicle testing in Northern Ireland on March 24 for three months, until June 22.

The announcement applies to Northern Ireland only and a six-month MOT extension remains for the rest of the UK.

The DVSA has said it is continuously reviewing the situation and expects to end the six-month extension as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Related: In pictures – faults on cars eligible for MOT extension

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    stephen fletcher
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    Jesus, i’d hate to see the state of a car that barely scrapped though it’s last test after 2 years!!!!!

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    Belinda Teasdale
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    How can you allow cars on the road that are likely to be un-roadworthy. If drivers are actively using their vehicles they should have an MOT Inspection.
    People who can’t work from home are now being encouraged to go to work if safe to do so.
    The government would be cutting out a massive chunk of furloughed staff if MOT’s were reintroduced, not just with garage staff but all the other sectors involved like parts departments, tyre suppliers, even those who manufacture and make parts.
    Social distancing isn’t a problem for garages or their customers as we are now encouraging customers to either drop the cars off or are offering a pick up / delivery service.
    I just don’t understand the logic behind all this madness

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    Joanne Gibbons
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    This is a worrying announcement, extending by 6 months was understandable when lock down was implemented, it gave those with a MOT due during lock down some breathing space to get the MOT completed. Extending it to a year is crazy. Forgoing your MOT or vehicle service when you are actively using your vehicle is inadvisable. Not only could your vehicle not be roadworthy you could be facing a much inflated repair bill due to the lack of maintenance. I would foresee an increase in breakdowns and roadside repairs. I can’t see how this announcement is good for anyone.

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