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COLERAINE : MOT test centre closes over fault in car lifts

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The MOT centre in Coleraine has been closed since 4pm this afternoon whilst inspections are carried out on car lifts.

The move follows the inspection of Armagh MOT centre in which faults were discovered yesterday.

MLA Maurice Bradley said “Anyone who has scheduled appointments for this evening or tomorrow or Friday should check their availability by contacting the MOT centre at 2 Loughan Hill Ind Estate on 028 7034 3819. I spoke with a staff member this evening and he informed me that the centre was closed today at 4pm until further notice. Staff remain on-site and are very helpful and informative when people arrive, not knowing the situation.”

The Department for Infrastructure described the move as “precautionary” to allow inspections to take place.

A spokesperson for DFI said “Following the identification of lift faults in some MOT centres, DVA has been working closely with its supplier to complete checks on lifts in all centres and has been liaising with the Health and Safety Executive.

“As a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety of our staff, DVA has suspended the use of lifts in 12 test centres which have not yet been inspected. While these checks are completed today and tomorrow, some MOT appointments will have to be rescheduled. DVA has been contacting customers impacted to reschedule tests and will prioritise customers who require an immediate test.

“DVA sincerely apologises for any inconvenience to customers and is grateful for their patience as work continues to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

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