Motorists in Northern Ireland facing cancelled MOT tests amid ongoing repair works are to be granted temporary exemptions.
It comes after a NI-wide inspection last week detected signs of cracking in 48 out of the 55 lifts inspected, cancelling hundreds of vehicle test appointments.
As repairs are expected to take longer than hoped, the North’s Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said those with expired MOTs will be given temporary exemption certificates (TECs).
The measure will extend a vehicle’s MOT by four months, backdated from January 20. Taxis and four-year-old cars will not be eligible however appointments for these vehicles will be prioritised.
Minister Mallon said vehicle owners will be sent a reminder notice for the new expiry date well in advance, so a new free test can be booked at no extra cost.
Ms Mallon added she plans to put measures in place to prevent the issue from arising again.
Ms Mallon urged motorists to attend their MOT test as normal unless they have been informed of a cancellation and should continue to book an MOT appointment when they receive their reminder letter.