MOT exemption certificates must be stepping stone towards long-term solution

Chair of the Assembly’s Infrastructure Committee Deborah Erskine has welcomed the introduction of one-year temporary exemption certificates to help cut MOT waiting times. However, the DUP MLA said it must only be a stepping stone towards a proper long-term solution to the MOT backlog.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said, “The introduction of the temporary exemption certificates is a necessary step to see some reductions in the unacceptable delays facing motorists who require an MOT. The DUP has highlighted these problems over several years now, and I raised it with the Minister most recently just two weeks ago. It was only after our DUP motion was tabled on tackling MOT backlogs, that the Minister tasked officials to act.

Ultimately the measures announced today are a short-term solution and it is a long-term fix that is required. I look forward to the public consultation on biennial testing although that does seem to be a re-run of the call for evidence announced by his predecessor little more than two years ago.

People struggling to get an MOT test need to see action that will reduce pressure on the system not just in the short term, but they need confidence that there will be a long-term and lasting solution to avoid this in the future also.”

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