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Swann welcomes PSNI’s guidance on MOT test delays and driving regulations

MOT test centre in Ballymena

Robin Swann, Ulster Unionist MLA for North Antrim, has welcomed the recent guidance issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) regarding Motor Vehicle Test (MOT) delays and driving regulations.

Having supported a number of constituents who have raised concerns with his constituency office, the local MLA said:

"This clarification will provide relief to motorists grappling with extended wait times for MOT tests.

“Drivers in Northern Ireland have reported significant waits, up to three months, when trying to schedule an MOT test for their vehicles. This delay has led to questions about whether they can legally drive their vehicles after their current MOT certificates expire.

"In response, the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) has been actively working to enhance its vehicle testing capacity. 

"In a statement released to the press Roads Policing Superintendent Gary Busch from PSNI reassured the public that the DVA is committed to helping motorists secure timely MOT test dates."

In cases where the police encounter vehicles without valid MOT certificates, provided the vehicle is deemed roadworthy, has a forthcoming MOT test date, and is not under a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN), no further police action will be taken. Superintendent Busch also emphasised the shared responsibility of all drivers to ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition.

Regarding insurance matters, drivers are advised to consult their policy documents or engage with their insurers if they are unable to secure an MOT test appointment before their current certificate expires.

Furthermore, for situations where an MOT appointment cannot be obtained before the tax expiry date, the DVA customer services team can be contacted at By providing the vehicle registration number, MOT booking reference number, and preferred test center, individuals can request an emergency slot to ensure vehicle taxation.

Robin Swann MLA has expressed his gratitude to the PSNI for addressing the concerns of the public with regards to MOT testing delays.

The clarifications provided by the PSNI and DVA are expected to alleviate the concerns of numerous motorists who have been navigating through these challenging wait times. It is hoped that these measures currently in place will shorten the waiting time for MOTs and end the additional difficulties and stress that these extended waits are causing.


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