Derry MOT centre has north’s lowest pass rate

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Car owners in Derry are more likely to see their vehicle fail MOT than in any other area of the north, it has been revealed.

Figures released by Department of the Environment minister Alex Attwood in the Stormont Assembly show that between April 1 2010 and 31 March 2011 a quarter of all cars fail MOT in Derry.

According to the figures around three out of every four cars pass in Derry while in Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine, Downpatrick, Newtonards and Lisburn four out of every five cars are successful.

The Derry centre also had the lowest pass rate in 2009/10.

A spokeswoman for the Driver & Vehicle Agency says a uniform test procedure is carried out at all MOT centres.

“The Driver & Vehicle Agency conduct the road worthiness test as prescribed in legislation and all vehicle examiners are trained to a common standard,” she says.

“There are a variety of factors that can influence the outcome of a test, e.g. age, condition of vehicle, mileage.

“The Agency closely monitors and analyses pass/fail rates and applies training and quality control procedures designed to ensure that standards are being applied consistently across all 15 test centres.

“The same test process is applied across all centres.”

Last year 75% of vehicles passed the MOT in Derry. In Belfast and Lisburn the figure stood at 82%, while in Coleraine and Newtonards the pass rate was 80%.