1. ITV Report

Department of Infrastructure orders 52 new lifts for MOT centres

Replacing the faulty lifts will cost £1.8m Credit: UTV

Fifty two new MOT lifts are to be installed across test centres in Northern Ireland.

It comes after cracks were discovered in 52 of the 55 MOT lifts operating in the province, leading to the cancellation of thousands of MOT tests. Around 1,500 MOT tests are taking place every day, with around the same number being cancelled.

The money to supply the lifts is coming from existing Driver & Vehicle Agency funds, at a cost of £1.8million.

52 of the 55 faulty MOT lifts are to be replaced Credit: MOT

They will be provided by the same company that supplied the previous lifts.

The new lifts will be installed between April and mid-July.

The Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said in the Assembly,

"Following the discovery of faults with lifts in MOT centres in late January, my priority has and remains the safety of DVA staff and customers. Since then I have acted quickly to minimise inconvenience to the public and allow drivers to tax their vehicles and continue to drive.

"I appreciate that this has been a difficult time for both customers and staff, and the DVA sincerely apologises to all those affected"

– Nichola Mallon, Infrastructure Minister

The current advice to MOT customers remains the same:

Until the lifts are operational, the advice to customers remains the same. All vehicles will have the necessary cover to allow them to remain on the road either through a temporary exemption certificate or a priority appointment.

The priority vehicle contact line, for owners of four year old vehicles, taxis and car dealerships will continue to operate.