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Driving examiner strike on 30 November: candidates urged to attend tests

Driving test candidates with a test on Friday 30 November should still come for their test despite the threat of strike action by examiners.

Learner driver starting their driving test
Learner driver starting their driving test

Driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union could take strike action on Friday 30 November 2012.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Chief Executive Rosemary Thew said:

Not all examiners are members of the PCS union. Even if they are, we can’t be sure that they’ll support the strike. So we’re asking you to come for your test so it can go ahead if possible.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. We’ll do everything we can to minimise disruption for our customers.

You won’t have to contact DSA to rebook if you can’t take your test because of the strike action. You should hear from the agency with a new date within 5 to 10 working days.

Out-of-pocket expenses

You can claim out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, but you must have turned up for your test to do this. You’ll have to rebook your own test and you won’t be able to claim expenses if you don’t turn up.

Customer service centre

DSA’s customer service centre for practical driving tests might also be affected by strike action on Friday 30 November. You’ll still be able to book, change or cancel practical driving tests online on GOV.UK.

Theory tests

Theory tests aren’t affected by the strike action and will be taking place as planned.

Published 20 November 2012