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Drivers urged to attend MOT appointments

Drivers in Northern Ireland are being urged to ensure they attend their scheduled MOT appointments in order to clear the backlog for tests.

It comes after a number of test centres opted to open on Sundays to help cut waiting times following complaints that some people were waiting up to 47 days for an MOT.

It is reported that SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan had written to the Department for Infrastructure to request a ‘grace period’ in conjunction with the PSNI to cover those still waiting for an appointment as a direct consequence of the delay.

The reply from the Department for Infrastructure rejected this proposal and highlighted that 644 customers failed to attend their appointment in the week 10-16 June. It also confirmed that plans are in place to address the issue, but did not give details..