Planned return of full vehicle MOT testing services announced | Newry Times

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Friday, June 25th, 2021
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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) is planning to resume full vehicle testing services from 26 July.

 

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In light of the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, which has enabled a number of close contact services to resume including driving tests, the DVA has carried out a review of its current vehicle testing processes in order to return to its normal 20-minute test slot for cars and light goods vehicles.

 

 

Currently, vehicle testing templates are configured for 25 minutes in line with the control measures that were introduced to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

To manage the transition to full-service delivery, Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs) for all qualifying vehicles will be extended by one further month. 

New TECs or extensions to existing TECs will be applied automatically to enable vehicles to be taxed and kept on the road.

 

 

Minister Mallon says, “Over recent months the DVA has worked hard to increase its vehicle testing capacity but has been working at a reduced capacity due to the safety measures it introduced to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

“The DVA is taking steps to reinstate its normal vehicle test times from 26 July, which will allow all vehicles to be brought forward for a test.

“This will be kept under ongoing review depending on the course of the epidemic.

“The DVA is in the process of revising its risk assessments, which will include appropriate mitigation measures, and will engage on them with staff and Trade Union representatives.

 

 

“Existing TECs applied to eligible private cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles aged 4-9 years will be extended by a further month from the date the existing exemption ends.

“Four-year-old cars and motorcycles and three-year-old light goods vehicles due a first-time test will have a five-month TEC applied from the date their first MOT is due,” she explains.

Continuing the Minister says,  “Road safety remains a significant priority.

“I would like to remind owners and drivers of all vehicles that they are responsible under the law for the roadworthiness of their vehicle at all times. 

 

 

“The expectation from the Department, the PSNI and the Association of British Insurers is that motorists continue to service their vehicle and carry out basic checks such as looking out for brake wear, ensuring that all lights are working and regularly checking their tyre pressure and tread depth. 

“As before, extensions to TECs will be added to the DVA system, not issued in hard copy. 

“For all vehicles with TECs applied, the DVA will issue a reminder notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle before the TEC period ends, with instructions on how to book a test,” the Minister adds.

 

 

Further information on TECs is available here.

 


 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE.

 

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