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Examiners want an MOT for drivers every 10 years

By Noel McAdam

Driving instructors in Northern Ireland have called for the introduction of a drivers' MOT - a fresh assessment of motorists every 10 years.

Their organisation also voiced concern that learners were not trained or tested for motorway driving. And it warned the Assembly to steer clear of reducing the learner driver age to 16-and-a-half years.

Tom Burns, chairperson of the Driving Instructors National Association Council, which is based in Northern Ireland, was giving evidence to an Assembly committee that is looking at proposals to lower the learner age from the current 17.

"There is no scientific or safety information that reducing the minimum age to 16-and-a-half will have any benefit," he said. "We think that it is a total waste of time."

Quizzed by MLAs, Mr Burns said his organisation backed the introduction of a driver MOT.

"Every driver should have to come back for some sort of classroom training. Why not do it when the licence is due for renewal, every 10 years?"

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