MOT Backlog

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 16 April 2024.

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Photo of Deborah Erskine Deborah Erskine DUP 2:30, 16 April 2024

T9. Mrs Erskine asked the Minister for Infrastructure, with trying to get an MOT appointment still an issue for the public, to outline a timeline for the introduction of the measures that he referred to on 11 March in the Chamber, when he said, "I have asked officials to bring forward for my urgent consideration options", including "the introduction of temporary exemption certificates" and "biennial testing". (AQT 189/22-27)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

I thank the Member for her question. I intend to make a statement to the Assembly before the end of this month in that regard.

Photo of Deborah Erskine Deborah Erskine DUP

I thank the Minister for his answer. I look forward in earnest to hearing it. The new test centre at Hydebank has been hailed as one of the places that will ease some of the backlog, but I am not so sure about that. Will he give me a timeline for when that centre will open?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

Hydebank will assist in tackling the backlog, but we have to get it open. My officials are still engaging with the company that installed the equipment in Hydebank to ensure that it meets requirements and is safe to use. I certainly will not be signing off on the centre until I am satisfied that the contract has been fulfilled. As I said, engagement is continuing.

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

I call Declan McAleer. The Member has one minute.