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Three MOT lifts back operational in NI

Three more vehicle lifts are back in operation at MOT test centres in Northern Ireland, having been inspected and approved for use, the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) confirmed.

This follows the two lifts that were last week installed in centres in Lisburn and Belfast.

Signs of cracking were first discovered in 48 out of the 55 test centre lifts inspected in Northern Ireland last November.

Most tests for cars and light vehicles were subsequently suspended with immediate effect.

The five new lifts installed in the past week means there are 43 lifts still out of action in the North, suggesting it is still likely to take months before all MOT test centres are back at full speed.

Nine MOT centres were reopened on Sunday last to increase capacity for the testing of priority vehicles.

These include centres in Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Craigavon, Larne, Lisburn, Omagh, Newry and Newtownards.

The testing of HGVs, buses and motorcycles has not been affected.