SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed a report from SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon that shows public support for move to biennial MOT testing.
A call for evidence on moving to MOT testing every two years received 1,224 responses with a high volume of interest and support for the plan.
Minister Mallon has now instructed officials to commence engagement with the relevant groups ahead of a public consultation.
Upper Bann MLA Mrs Kelly said:
“I am delighted the SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon’s call for evidence on the potential introduction of biennial MOT testing for cars has been met with public support. A wide range of responses were received from both motorists and those in the relevant industries, with the overall feeling being that this move would be hugely beneficial.
“The report published today shows there is support for testing every two years for younger cars and as such the Minister Nichola Mallon has asked her officials to now work on the next steps for a public consultation. While any move will require new legislation in the new mandate, this step will be widely welcomed no doubt by drivers across the north.
“MOT testing is hugely important, it ensures that cars on our road are safe, protecting both the driver, other road users and pedestrians. This move will improve the experience of MOT testing for everyone involved and I hope to see it garner widespread support going forward.”