Co Armagh woman, who could only get an MOT two days after her wedding, is upset at 'shocking' waiting times for tests across NI

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A Co Armagh woman has voiced her shock after the only MOT appointment she could get was two months after her car was due for a test and two days after her wedding day.

The woman, who prefers not to be named, said she had trawled the Department for Infrastructure’s website and couldn’t believe how long she would have to wait for an appointment.


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"At my local MOT Centre in Craigavon I was going to have to wait until the end of November, which is just crazy,” she said.

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The earliest MOT appointment she could get was in Armagh in late October but it is two days after her wedding day and they have a honeymoon booked to travel away for a few days.

"Which is more important – my MOT or my honeymoon?” she asked. “I have never had a problem before this and the staff at my local Craigavon MOT centre have always been very accommodating.

"Only once did I have to drive to Cookstown for an MOT and I don’t mind travelling to Armagh for this one. It is just the timing is soo bad for me and my fiancé. I am not sure if there is a facility to change the dates to an earlier one but I am praying for that miracle,” she said.

A spokesperson from the Department for Infrastructure said: “The Department appreciates the frustration some customers are experiencing in trying to obtain an MOT appointment and our staff continue to work extremely hard to increase capacity to reduce vehicle testing waiting times.

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“The DVA has taken steps to ensure that motorists are still able to use their vehicles when they are unable to secure an MOT appointment before their current MOT expires. They have consulted with the PSNI and the Association of British Insurers to make them aware of the current situation and have put appropriate mitigations in place. If you get to within 10 days of the expiry date of your tax and you have been unable to secure an MOT appointment or your tax has expired, fill in the short notice appointment request form.

“In April, the Minister announced the introduction of Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs) for some private cars. These TECS, which are now being automatically rolled out by DVA, will help reduce MOT waiting times. Customers of eligible cars who have already booked an MOT will have their appointment cancelled and refunded and will be notified directly by email.

“In each of the last two years the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) has conducted more than 1.1 million vehicle tests which are the highest numbers ever recorded. This increase in capacity has been achieved through a range of measures including the recruitment of additional vehicle examiners and overtime. In 2023, there were only seven days in the year when the DVA did not offer MOT appointments. Disappointingly, on average more than 900 vehicle test appointments are missed each week due to no shows, placing additional demand on this service."

The latest information on MOTs is available here: A guide to booking your MOT/ vehicle test | nidirect.” It is not known when the MOT tests situation will be resolved.