Fermanagh concerns over MOT backlogs

CHAIR of the Infrastructure Committee and DUP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, Deborah Erskine, has moved to reassure drivers over MOT test centre delays despite local motorists claiming there are still only a few slots available. The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) has launched a new online form where you can request an urgent MOT test. Tests […]

O’Dowd outlines new measures to cut MOT waiting times

INFRASTRUCTURE Minister John O’Dowd has outlined several measures to tackle MOT waiting lists across the North. Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Mr O’Dowd said more than 50 newly recruited examiners would start working in test centres from June. “The DVA currently has 55 MOT examiner vacancies across its network of test centres,” the minister told MLAs. “It […]

Cracks found on 16 lifts at MOT centres

HAIRLINE cracks have been found in 16 vehicle test, or MOT, lifts in the North, DUP MLA Deborah Erskine has said. The Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA and new Chair of the Infrastructure Committee said the cracks had been found in MOT testing lifts a few weeks ago. She said a similar issue in […]

MOT delays get Fermanagh drivers all revved up

MOTORISTS in Fermanagh are still facing lengthy delays in getting MOT tests and are often unable to get their vehicles tested before their current MOT certificate expires. Test centres across the North are struggling to tackle huge backlogs of drivers seeking appointments, with Covid shutdowns and equipment issues – MOT tests were suspended in January 2020 […]

Demand still high for MOTS and driving tests

THE demand for Fermanagh’s drivers and learners wishing to book MOTs and driving tests is rising. Last week, the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) had announced price rises for both tests with MOT bookings set to go up next month from £30.50 to £38 with driving tests increasing from £45.50 to £65. The DVA say […]

Local woman forced to SORN vehicle

AN Enniskillen woman has raised concerns over the DVA’s decision to not offer tax exemptions to those with expired certificates. The individual, who did not want to be identified told this paper that she has been left with “no other option” but to SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) her vehicle at the end of the […]

Motorists urged to keep checking MOT site for bookings

WITH the MOT backlog continuing, Fermanagh motorists are being urged to keep checking for cancellations, with the DVA confirming it will not be giving tax exemptions to those with expired certificates. Despite capacity being increased at all centres, local drivers are still facing delays of around four months on average when they attempt to book a test at […]