Some driving examiners are going to strike again over working hours in December. With current waiting times for the practical driving test reaching 4 months in some areas, the strikes are not being welcomed by many.
Here are the announced dates for strike action:
|Tuesday 1 December 2015||North East, North West and Scotland|
|Wednesday 2 December 2015||West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales|
|Thursday 3 December 2015||London, South East, East of England and South West|
|Friday 4 December 2015||All of Great Britain|
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. The DVSA are ‘doing all it can to make sure the tests go ahead as planned’. If you do want to change your date, you can do so here, but will need to do this atleast 3 clear working days in advance.
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. Here’s the form to claim back any expenses.
“It is disappointing that the trade unions have now chosen to oppose some aspects of the contract and the more flexible working options. We are doing everything we can to minimise any disruption to customers.” – DVSA chief executive, Paul Satoor
Why are the driving examiners on strike?
The DVSA want to increase the amount of tests carried out per day. Examiners currently take seven tests, five days a week, the DVSA want to increase this to eight tests a day. Not only does this effect the examiners working hours, but it also could result in an ‘un-level playing field’ for learners taking their test during dark mornings and evenings during the winter months.
Theory tests are NOT affected by the strike.
We will keep you updated with any further news.