New record for MoTs from April to June
A record number of MoT tests were carried out in Northern Ireland from April to June this year, new figures have revealed.
Drivers here also failed a record number of driving theory tests, while the number of licensed taxi drivers plummeted by almost 10%.
The statistics were released as some motorists face waits of almost two months for their MoTs because of a huge backlog.
The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) conducted almost 294,000 vehicle tests in the second quarter of this year.
The DVA also received over 339,000 applications for vehicle tests during April to June - up by 12.7% on the same period last year. For both, these are the highest figures on record.
Earlier this week the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) said the longest waiting time for an MoT, which had been 47 days in June, is now 52 days. But it added that 2,517 appointments were missed in July.
The DfI's quarterly report also showed that the vast majority of vehicles passed MoT tests.