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Warnings over emissions tests on NI imports

Motorists who import second-hand diesel cars from Northern Ireland have been warned they could be in danger of failing emission tests.

It emerged recently that legally-required emissions checks haven’t been carried out at test centres in the North for the past 12 years.

Both EU and Northern Ireland domestic law requires the government to do an emissions test on diesels at MOT using a machine called a smoke meter.

The smoke meter test is routinely carried out in the rest of the UK where MOTs are done in private garages rather than state-run centres.

The tests were introduced at MOT in Northern Ireland in 2006 but were suspended 12 weeks later due to concerns about health and safety in the testing halls.

They have never been reintroduced.