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.
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,
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.