Driving examiner strike – candidates to attend tests
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is urging all driving test candidates booked to take a practical test on either the afternoon of Friday 8 or 15 June to attend as usual despite the potential for strike action by driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.
DSA’s chief executive Rosemary Thew said:
“All candidates have the opportunity to change or cancel their practical test by giving DSA three clear working days notice.
“Not all examiners are members of the PCS union and even if they are, we can’t be sure that they’ll support the strike. So we’re asking candidates who have chosen to keep their test booking for the afternoon of Friday 8 June or 15 June to come for their test as normal so it can go ahead if possible.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience this will cause and will do everything we can to minimise disruption for our customers.”
Candidates who turn up but can’t take their practical tests because of strike action will not have to contact DSA to rebook. They should hear from the Agency with a new date within five to ten working days.
If candidates fail to attend they won’t be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses if their tests are cancelled and they’ll need to rebook their own tests.
Theory tests are not affected and will be taking place as planned.
You can find out about claiming out-of-pocket expenses on the Directgov website.