MOT Delays

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 11 June 2024.

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Photo of William Irwin William Irwin DUP 2:30, 11 June 2024

T10. Mr Irwin asked the Minister for Infrastructure, given the massive backlogs in the past year, for an update on his Department's efforts to address MOT delays. (AQT 390/22-27)

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

Since we introduced temporary exemption certificates for five- and seven-year-old vehicles, there has been a significant improvement. My mailbox correspondence on MOTs has certainly reduced — I do not know about that of other Members — suggesting that we have seen an improvement since those measures were introduced.

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin

I call William for a quick supplementary.

Photo of William Irwin William Irwin DUP

I thank the Minister for his response. Will he accept that his Department was too slow in making that decision? There was a backlog, and the situation was diabolical before the decision was made.

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

In fairness, I came into office on 3 February and made the announcement in early April. It was not too bad.

Photo of Carál Ní Chuilín Carál Ní Chuilín Sinn Féin 2:45, 11 June 2024

The time for topical questions has ended. The Minister will be glad to know that all topical questions were covered. Handy enough. I ask Members to take their ease while we change the top Table.

(Mr Speaker in the Chair)