Are technical checks carried out in Northern Ireland? How to book a technical control and waiting times explained
During the pandemic, roadworthiness tests were postponed across Northern Ireland.
With the restrictions easing, they have now resumed, but many people are asking how to book a technical check and what is the current backlog.
How can I check the condition of my vehicle?
You can check the MOT status of your vehicle and the expiration date here.
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How to book an MOT in Northern Ireland
When booking your MOT you will need:
Vehicle registration number
The last four digits of the chassis number
If you use the service online or over the phone, a debit or credit card
What are the waiting times for a technical inspection?
There is currently a strong demand for MOT after testing resumes.
This left longer wait times than before the pandemic, meaning you may not be able to get an appointment until your CT expires.
If you are unable to do so, you should make the next available exam appointment as soon as possible.
PSNI has been made aware of the current wait times situation by the DVA.
MOT Temporary Exemption Certificates (TEC)
TECs were automatically issued to drivers during the pandemic.
They allowed vehicles to stay on the road until technical control services were available.
TECs were issued to vehicles that could not access a technical control due to delays caused by the pandemic.
They are automatically generated from the DVA system for all eligible vehicles without any action being required on the part of the vehicle owner.
As the technical inspection centers are now open, no other TECS will be applied and it is recommended that vehicle owners book a test before or as soon as their technical inspection expires.
No changes to trailer testing in NI
The Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) in England, Scotland and Wales has announced that the requirement for tow trailers to pass a test up to 3,500 kg of maximum allowable mass (MAM) will be removed.
The law is expected to change later this fall and will see category B + E automatically added to driver records and updated licenses when they are renewed.
However, there are plans to change the current requirements for trailer testing in Northern Ireland.