PSNI 'breathing space' on MOT prosecutions should remain until logjam addressed

DUP East Londonderry MLA and Policing Board representative Maurice Bradley has told the Chief Constable it would be premature to remove the current breathing space afforded to motorists whose MOT certificates have expired but are still struggling to secure a testing slot.

By Maurice Bradley MLA

East Londonderry

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Commenting after Thursday’s meeting of the Policing Board, Mr Bradley said:

‘‘The failure to get the backlog in vehicle and driver testing under control has been an ever-present reality over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For many, the PSNI’s logical decision not to prosecute those who have tried in vain to secure a test before their current MOT expires has been a vital lifeline. It is crucial that this policy does not end before there is clear evidence that the logjam in appointments has been sustainably and permanently addressed.

We also have to remember that proof of a vehicle roadworthiness is only one piece of the puzzle. Failing to secure a test to renew a car or lorry’s MOT has a knock-on-impact in others areas, such as insurance. Many livelihoods and frontline services rely on these processes being fully functional and efficient. Therefore, it is vital that the PSNI, DFI and insurance providers work collaboratively to ensure motorists are treated fairly and sensibly for as long as needed.

Of course, this can never be a substitute for a strategic and ambitious plan to clear the gridlock in DVA services. The Minister for Infrastructure bears ultimate responsibility for delivering on this.’’

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