Drivers in Northern Ireland whose MOTs are due during the pandemic shutdown will enjoy a one-year exemption, a Stormont minister said.It would not be possible to accommodate the backlog as well as conduct normal business at testing centres, infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said.
Drivers will instead apply for MOTs as normal next year.
The announcement caps a year of turmoil for MOT testers in Northern Ireland. In January, all tests were suspended due to faults with vehicle lifts used in MOT centres. Then Anti-Coronavirus lockdown measures led to further extensions for the MOT exemption.