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MOT

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time for an MOT test at each test centre in the Province was in the last period for which figures are available; what the longest time is for which a driver has been waiting for an MOT test at each centre; how many individuals are waiting for MOT tests at each centre; and how many MOT tests were conducted at each centre in each of the last five years. (99754)

The average waiting time and the longest waiting time for a vehicle test at each test centre for the week ending 28 October 2006 is as follows.

Days

Centre

Average waiting time

Longest waiting time

Armagh

27

54

Ballymena

16

33

Balmoral

24

56

Coleraine

13

51

Cookstown

27

52

Craigavon

23

49

Downpatrick

17

47

Enniskillen

31

53

Larne

13

38

Lisburn

24

53

Mallusk

17

45

New Buildings

19

37

Newry

36

59

Newtownards

14

54

Omagh

29

52

Northern Ireland

21

59

The number of vehicles awaiting test as at 28 October was 59,117. This information is not maintained at centre level.

The number of vehicle tests conducted at each centre in each of the last five years is set out as follows.

Centre

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Armagh

19,691

17,007

22,560

16,158

21,524

Ballymena

42,742

28,340

43,583

46,479

42,788

Balmoral

59,954

44,794

58,919

47,194

63,188

Coleraine

28,384

34,049

39,260

41,261

45,121

Cookstown

30,470

35,003

37,047

36,827

41,238

Craigavon

31,833

31,016

36,410

25,182

30,291

Downpatrick

21,538

20,614

29,625

33,412

27,387

Enniskillen

22,993

16,548

25,910

25,648

28,988

Larne

11,852

20,570

25,560

23,002

26,031

Lisburn

22,033

34,578

35,550

26,790

34,724

Mallusk

50,943

61,200

36,644

41,109

49,934

New Buildings

31,431

27,802

35,018

26,585

38,159

Newry

33,326

41,446

30,954

28,410

44,541

Newtownards

50,833

43,390

56,855

56,517

64,286

Omagh

19,240

53,761

19,227

23,444

26,458

Northern Ireland

457,572

498,692

533,122

498,018

584,658

Figures include all vehicle test categories (MOT, PSV and HGV) but exclude re-tests.