If you’re keeping up to date with news around the driving test changes, you may have heard that some driving examiners are going on strike in on the 4th and 5th December, so here’s some a quick low down on the strike and some advice for anyone who has their test coming up!
Should I be worried?
In short – no! The strike action is due to a new standard employment contract that DVSA signed up to in 2014, so don’t be concerned that it’s about new layout of the driving test. The new test has been designed to make sure drivers are better prepared for a lifetime of safe driving. The strike does not affect the changes to the driving test, these will still be implemented as planned.
Driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union are the ones planning to take strike action on these days. Not all driving examiners are union members, and even if they are, they may choose not to go on strike.
My test is on one of those days, what do I do?
If you have your test booked in for either the 4th or 5th of December, don’t worry , you have two options:
1. Change your test to a later date
Simply contact your local test centre, and explain that due to the strikes, you are looking to rearrange your test.
2. Turn up for your test as planned, but your examiner might be unavailable.
If your driving test is cancelled when you turn up, you won’t have to contact the DVSA to rebook your appointment, you’ll be contacted within 5 to 10 working days to rebook your test.
Will I get compensation if my test is cancelled?
You can claim out of pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, however, you must have turned up at the test centre on the day of your test to do this. If you don’t turn up, you will have to rebook your own test and will not be able to claim any expenses.
For more information about the strike, please visit the GOV.UK website