Motorists in County Armagh are having to wait months – some as long as five – to get an MOT appointment.
The waiting time shave been branded “an absolute shambles” by Upper Bann MLA Eoin Tennyson.
The shocked Alliance representative says he is being contacted regularly by those struggling to get an MOT before their certificate expires, with many having to wait up to five months for an available test.
“Earlier this year, the previous Infrastructure Minister stated her Department would consider extending the reminder letter notification period for those awaiting their MOTs, however, no action has followed,” said Mr Tennyson.
“People are waiting months, and having to travel far beyond their closest centre just to have a chance of an appointment. And if they are unable to get an appointment then their insurance won’t cover them. It’s an intolerable situation for many who rely upon their cars.
“This is now a complete shambles. Alliance will continue to press the issue with the Minister and request he acts to extend the reminder letter notification period for those awaiting their MOTs.
“It is hoped this will give drivers ample time to book their tests and, together with a concerted plan to ensure test centres are fully resourced, play a significant role in alleviating this problem.”