Stewart voices concerns over MOT and driving test price hikes.

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Stewart voices concerns over MOT and driving test price hikes.

Speaking as announcements are made regarding increases in both MOT and practical car driving test costs, Ulster Unionist Party Infrastructure spokesperson, John Stewart MLA, voiced strong concerns on the impact on motorists.

Mr. Stewart said:


“A month ago I challenged the department to address the unacceptable delays for motorists who were trying to book MOT tests, calling for the issuing of temporary exemption certificates, which had been used at the height of the pandemic, to be reinstated.

“It seems this call has fallen on deaf ears, with the department instead announcing today that the cost of MOT tests will increase in a little over 3 weeks by £7.50 for a private car and £8.50 for taxis.

“Individuals who are trying to book tests today are very unlikely to be able to find an available date ahead of this price rise, placing further financial hardship on many who are struggling to keep their heads above water.

“Additionally, the announcement that practical car driving tests are to increase from £45.50 to £65 for a weekday test and from £62.50 to an astounding £95 for evening or weekend tests is simply unbelievable. Those who are seeking a driving licence to obtain work, and particularly those who live in our more rural areas, are being severely disadvantaged by these increases.

“While I understand that tough decisions need to be made by departments at a time when there is no Executive at Stormont to provide direction, any increase in costs that further burden those who are already struggling to make ends meet must be challenged and where possible, reviewed.

“It is my intention to seek clarification on the reasoning behind these, unacceptably large, increases."