Customers booking an MoT test online have been able to enter ‘Derry City’ into the Town field since 2007, Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin has been advised.
The Foyle MLA asked the Minister of the Environment, Mark H Durkan “what plans he has to change the MOT online booking system to allow customers the option of using ‘Derry City’ in the Town field of the system”.
Mr Durkan replied in a written answer: “The online system has been in place since January 2007 and currently allows customers the option to enter ‘Derry City’ into the town field at both the notification stage and payment stage.
“On the notification details screen the customer is able to enter the address where their appointment letter should be sent to. On the payment screen the customer is able to enter their debit/credit card details including their card billing address. The ‘Town’ or ‘Town/City’ field on these screens is formatted to accept free text; therefore the customer can enter any town/city.
“There is therefore no need to change the MOT online booking system to allow this option.”
Mr Durkan was also asked by SDLP MLA, Pat Ramsey for his assessment of the latest road safety statistics.
He responded: “The rise in fatalities to a provisional total of 79 in 2014 is of course a serious concern and I extend my sympathy to those who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered life changing injuries. However, in recent years, there has been an overall downward trend in road casualties.”