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Thousands of extra MOT appointments created to clear backlog

Thousands of new MOT appointments are set to be created.
Thousands of new MOT appointments are set to be created.

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is creating thousands of new MOT appointments in an attempt to clear the backlog.

The BBC has reported the department are planning the move after motorists faced extended delays to book a test.

It is understood that 1,000 extra tests per day will be added in September.

Many drivers have been left potentially at risk of breaking the law by driving without a valid vehicle certificate due to being unable to secure an MoT appointment because of the backlog.

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

It's the department's latest attempt to tackle the issue after opening a number of centres on Sundays in June.

"A further 9,000 appointments on Sundays and bank holidays in August will be made available, along with 1,000 additional tests per day from September", a spokesperson told the BBC.

"However, we continue to have a significant number of customers failing to attend for their MOT test and we therefore encourage customers to either attend their pre-booked appointments or cancel them to allow others to make use of the appointment."

The department revealed earlier this month that more than 2,000 people had failed to turn up for MoT tests in June.

MOT Centre staff are set to strike on Friday as part of widespread civil service strike action across Northern Ireland.

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