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Over 2,300 missed MoT tests in June despite huge backlog

Over 2,300 people failed to turn up for MoT tests in Northern Ireland in the month of June, despite a large backlog.

With a full test for an average family car costing £30.50, drivers could have forked out around £70,000 on the missed tests. Vehicle test costs range from £22 for a motor bike to £138.50 for a taxi.

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) urged people unable to attend to cancel their appointment in order to free the space for another motorist.

In 2018/19 32,000 drivers missed MoT appointments at cost around £976,000.

It emerged last month that drivers were facing waits of up to 47 days after an increase of around 15,000 applications for tests in the first three months of this year.

The trend has continued into the summer, with many drivers potentially at risk of breaking the law by driving without a valid vehicle certificate due to being unable to secure an appointment.

The Belfast Telegraph previously reported DfI had confirmed there would be no leniency for those drivers who had been unable to secure a test in time.

It cited additional Sunday appointments that would be running over the summer, alongside an increase in the recruitment of staff at centres.

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) opened a number of test centres on Sunday, June 16, and Sunday, June 23, and said it had tested over 2,500 vehicles.

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