The current testing frequency in Northern Ireland is 4-1-1 with the first vehicle test at four years of age and then a test every year after. The IAAF will argue that the current test frequency is both safer and more cost effective for motorists.
In Northern Ireland the Department of Infrastructure’s Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) is responsible for conducting the roadworthiness testing, more commonly referred to as the “MOT”, of all vehicles which use our public roads. Unlike in Great Britain, the tests in Northern Ireland are conducted in dedicated MOT centres throughout the province.
In the consultation, IAAF will warn of the potential dangers of extending the MOT test frequency, as it could lead to an increase in road accidents and fatalities.
The IAAF will also point out that an increase in frequency will mean an increase in repair costs for drivers, insurance premiums and harmful emissions.
The federation has worked relentlessly in the past 10 years to thwart any attempts to extend the MOT frequency to protect both the automotive aftermarket and the safety of all road users. The current test frequency both in the UK and Northern Ireland makes the roads some of the safest in Europe.
Responding to the consultation announcement, Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive said: “It is more important than ever, following the reduction in Northern Ireland testing due to defective lifts in early 2020 and then the impact from the coronavirus pandemic, that the current testing frequency be upheld if not strengthened.
“To ensure as safe and cost-effective motoring as possible, motorists are responsible to have their vehicle inspected and serviced regularly. Given the substantial backlog of tests in Northern Ireland, which are only coming back to pre-pandemic levels in September, there are more unsafe vehicles on NI roads than ever before. Test Centres are currently experiencing an increase in failed items as a direct result of the granted extensions. It is vital that the Northern Ireland executive understands the impact that a change in MOT frequency would have on the number of unsafe vehicles on NI roads.”