MOTORISTS across Mid Ulster and the rest of the province have been warned of a potential scam website claiming to be the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) MOT online booking facility.
Environment minister Alex Attwood said a scam website has been set up to take MOT bookings, charging customers an inflated fee of £45.50.
“The website is misleadingly named similar to the official government website NIDirect. All customers should only book their MOT tests through the official government website at www.nidirect.gov.uk/booknow or www.nidirect.gov.uk/motoring. The cost of an MOT is £30.50 and not the £45.50 required on this unofficial website.”
The DVA has received a number of complaints from people who have paid their fee for booking an MOT test online using the unofficial site.
However, they have not received an appointment date. NIDirect officials have alerted Trading Standards Service to the potential scam.
Minister Attwood said: “I am urging the public to be vigilant and if they think they have used this website, then they should report it to Trading Standards by contacting their Consumerline service.”