Some driving examiners are planning to strike in December. With current waiting times for the practical driving test reaching 4 months in some areas, and the introduction of the new test format, the strikes are not welcomed by all.
The strike action is planned to take place on Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December 2017 (the same week the new test format will be introduced). Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said:
"The fact PCS (Public and Commercial Service Union) is trying to undermine the launch of the new test by calling for strike action shows a shameful disregard for both road safety and learner drivers who have worked so hard to be ready to take their test. The new driving test has been designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving. It is one step in helping reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads."
If your test is booked for the above dates, you should still plan to turn up for your test, as not all examiners will be striking. You can, however, change your test date if you'd rather.
If your test is cancelled when you arrive you will be able to rebook it at no extra cost and can claim for any out of pocket expenses. The DVSA will be in touch within 5-10 working days with a new test appointment.
Why are the driving examiners on strike?
"The strike action is about a new standard employment contract that DVSA staff signed up to in 2014", and health and safety risks of changes to the driving test. "I met with PCS on 2 November 2017 and they turned down my offer of mediation, although our offer still stands. This means that we cannot move forward together to resolve this dispute, for the sake of our staff and customers".
Theory tests are NOT affected by the strike. We will keep you updated with any further news.