MOT evasion in Northern Ireland has plunged to its lowest recorded level.
The level of evasion has dropped by 1.04% in a year, down from 4.76% in 2010 to 3.72% last year, a Driver and Vehicle Agency report has revealed.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “This is a very encouraging result which shows what can be achieved by the department and its road safety partners working together.”
The first survey carried out by DVA in 2002 showed that the level of evasion, at that time, was over 28%.
“The MOT test continues to have a key role in the department’s efforts to promote and improve road safety. Research has shown that non-compliant vehicles are more likely to be involved in collisions and to be uninsured, so it is in everyone’s interest that our efforts to minimise evasion should continue unabated,” Mr Attwood said.
DVA officers now have powers to stop and carry out roadworthiness checks on any vehicle on NI roads.
Evasion levels were found to be highest for vehicles that are required to have an MOT certificate for the first time (8.6%) and also increase in vehicles of 13 years of age and older.
Meanwhile, 5.4% of MOT evaders were found not to hold valid vehicle excise duty licences.
Vehicles on Class A Non Primary rural roads are the most likely to carry non compliant vehicles, with evasion levels around 4.5%.