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12 MONTH MOT EXTENSION ANNOUNCED AS NORTHERN IRELAND MOT CHAOS CONTINUES

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12 MONTH MOT EXTENSION ANNOUNCED AS NORTHERN IRELAND MOT CHAOS CONTINUES


Ministers in Northern Ireland have chosen to exempt all light vehicles from MOT for a full calendar year. 

Exemptions lasting for four months had been issued prior to the coronavirus pandemic due to problems with the number of working lifts and authorised testers available to conduct the tests.  The current crisis has lead to the system to shut down almost entirely.

Unlike England, Scotland and Wales where the MOT is administered by the DVSA and conducted at thousands of private authorised testing sites, the MOT in NI is only conducted through a small number of Government run sites. Prior to coronavirus it was not uncommon to have to wait months for an appointment, only for it to be cancelled. 

READ: LATEST: NORTHERN IRELAND MOT TEST CRISIS

The Stormont-based Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon told the Press Association newswire: “I have decided the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) will continue to issue temporary exemption certificates (TECs) to those vehicles, private cars, goods vehicles, trailers or motorcycles until their normal MOT date. This means a vehicle will get an exemption for one year which will bring it back into the system when there is capacity to test it”. 

READ: MOT STRIKE ACTION LIKELY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

As CAT understands the current situation, vehicles that have had an MOT expire at any point in the last 12 months will be eligible for the extension and therefore can be taxed. However, it will not be possible to tst, and therefore tax a car that has not had an MOT for longer, for example a vehicle that has been in storage that the owner wishes to return to the road, until testing resumes. 

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MOT STRIKE ACTION LIKELY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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MOT STRIKE ACTION LIKELY IN NORTHERN IRELAND


Test centres are larger, but far fewer in NI

The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA) confirmed strike action for civil servants including MoT workers across Northern Ireland for July 26th. 

In Northern Ireland, tests are administered by government employees at approved centres. Testers have seen their workload and a backlog of tests increase after an increase of around 15,000 MOT bookings in the first quarter of 2019 alone. Drivers can expect a wait of up to 47 days to have their vehicle tested according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph. This shortage of testers and testing facilities is exacerbated by  2,300 motorists failing to present vehicles on time, or in some cases turn up for tests at all.

NIPSA confirmed the strike early in July as part of wider civil service action over pay and terms and conditions, demanding that civil service workers receive pay increases in line with that of Health Service, Local Government and Audit Office employees. The alliance also claimed that there have been attempts to ‘undermine civil servants’ terms and conditions of employment.’ In addition to strike action, NIPSA also called for ‘Action Short of Strike Action’ on the 29th. In a statement, NIPSA claimed that 68.5 percent of nearly 6,000 ballot respondents voted ‘Yes’ for strike action. 

“It is clear that members have sent a strong message that they are not prepared to accept a below inflation pay increase for 2018/19 and demand that the pay negotiations are reopened to ensure that civil servants receive an above inflation increase,” read a NIPSA statement. 

The Northern Ireland Assembly has not sat since January 2017, meaning decisions on matters, such as increasing the number of MOT centres to meet demand, have not been taken.

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AUTOZONE MOVES TO NEW PREMISES

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AUTOZONE MOVES TO NEW PREMISES


Downpatrick site for factor

Following several months of building work, Autozone Car Parts has moved into its new 9,000 sq ft premises in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

The site is five times larger than its predecessor housing four vans that deliver within a 20 miles radius. A retail area has also been built into the front of the motor factor to entice more trade customers into the store.

“We took the opportunity to also rebrand Autozone, acquiring a new logo which features throughout the new premises, on staff uniform and vans”, said Owner Stevie Vaughan, concluding, “None of this would have been possible without the support of our many suppliers, whom we hope to involve in our open week events in early 2018, the staff and of course our customer base.”

The Northern Ireland-based factor is not to be confused with the giant U.S chain of the same name.

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