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Consultation finds support for move to biennial MOT testing


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today published a summary of the findings from a Call for Evidence seeking views on the potential introduction of biennial (every two years) MOT testing for cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles.


Currently private cars and motorcycles are first MOT tested at four years old and light goods vehicles under 3,500kg are first tested at three years old. Each of those vehicle categories are tested annually thereafter.



A total of 1,224 responses from a wide range of individuals, groups, and those representing the industry were received.

Thanking all those who responded to the Call for Evidence, the Minister said:


As anticipated, a variety of views were expressed through this consultation exercise and there is clear support for biennial testing for younger private cars. Given the high volume of interest and the support for biennial MOT testing, I believe there is sufficient evidence to explore the next steps on a move to a biennial testing regime.



"I have now asked my officials to engage with the main Civil Service Trade Unions and staff and with key stakeholders, including the PSNI, automotive industry and the insurance industry and to commence work for a public consultation. Any move to biennial testing will require new legislation in the new mandate."


The summary of findings is available through the following link:


www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/dfi-call-evidence-biennial-mot-testing-summary-responses


In Northern Ireland the current roadworthiness test, more commonly referred to as the “MOT test”, is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the Minister for Infrastructure.