MOT test centres to open on Sundays in Northern Ireland

5th July 2012

MOT test centres in Northern Ireland will be allowed to open on Sundays during peak periods from 2013, it has been announced.

Responding to a question from TUV leader Jim Allister, environment minister Alex Attwood told the assembly:  "I have authorised the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) to avail of the option of opening vehicle testing centres on Sundays," quotes BBC News. 

In order to cope with the deluge of MOT tests between January and March next year, Mr Attwood confirmed that test centres across the country will be able to open their doors to drivers on Sundays throughout the busy period.

However, it is likely that only the Belfast test centre will operate a seven-day week, with staff working on a voluntary basis.

Demand for vehicle tests is set to increase by five per cent in 2012-13, according to Mr Attwood, with further growth expected over the next five years.

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Posted by Written by Danielle Barge