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Emission Testing

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) pre-testing and (b) other research has been carried out on the proposed diesel emission test to be introduced in Northern Ireland. (56394)

The Driver Vehicle Testing Agency’s equipment was purchased in 2001 as part of a PFI contract for all MOT testing equipment. Prior to finalising this contract, extensive research and trials were conducted to ensure the equipment could meet the needs of the agency and conduct a quality test fully compliant with legislation. This equipment is the same as that currently used in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Following procurement, further trials of the diesel test equipment took place in Cookstown DVTA test centre, and from this time Larne DVTA centre has offered the diesel emission test to customers on a voluntary basis.

DVTA is heavily committed to research and development, and liaises with many testing organisations worldwide to ensure best practice testing is being maintained in Northern Ireland. These experiences and advice received from other organisations that have been conducting this test for many years served to inform DVTA’s research on this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the new diesel emissions test to be introduced into Northern Ireland. (56395)

No representations have been received on the new diesel emissions test introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency (DVTA) on 1 March 2006.

However, DVTA has held meetings with representative bodies from the motor industry, including the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and the Retail Motor Industry Federation. These meetings included demonstrations of the testing process and a chance for the industry to ask questions about the test and be given more information.