Coronavirus has affected much across the UK, with the closure of businesses, travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines. As restrictions begin to lift, some aspects of everyday life are getting back to normal. But what does this mean for your MOT test or driving test?
In Northern Ireland, MOT tests and drivers tests had been halted since lockdown began in March.
To combat those MOTs which would have been expiring during lockdown, test certificates which expire between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020 have been extended by eight months.
Theory test certificates were also given an extended expiry date, ensuring those who passed could take their practical test.
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Again, the DVA will contact these customers directly to arrange appointments.
Ms Mallon said the DVA will continue to work with staff and trade unions in the coming weeks to ensure testing is conducted in line with public health advice and guidance.
On the NIDirect website, customers are advised to not attend test centres or bring a vehicle to be tested if they feel unwell or show symptoms of COVID-19.
Social distancing, enhanced cleaning and mask wearing may all be in practice at test centres.
Driving tests will be prioritised by the DVA for
- priority workers who have requested an urgent driving test and are currently on a waiting list
- customers who had driving tests booked (March-June) and whose tests were cancelled due to the measures imposed to prevent the spread of COVID 19
Ms Mallon said “significant demand” is anticipated for driving tests, adding the Driving Licence Regulations have been altered to permit an eight-month extension to the validity of theory test pass certificates, which expire between March 1 and October 31, 2020.
Ms Mallon also said a six-month extension had been granted to the validity of off-road motorcycle test pass certificates, which expire between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
She said: “Although some testing has resumed I am conscious that MOT testing is not available for all vehicle groups and I appreciate this is frustrating for customers.
“As restrictions ease, and the DVA’s capacity to test vehicles increases, more services will continue to be reinstated as we move eventually towards full-service resumption.”
Ms Mallon added: “This remains a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and like all Covid-related measures, we continue to keep planning under review in order to ensure we can take steps when it is safe to do so.”