The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) announced that there is to be potential strike action by driving examiners who are member of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. The strike action may take place on the afternoon of Friday 8th or 15th June.
Today national news channels suggested the strike will happen this Friday afternoon, 8th June. The DSA is urging all practical driving test candidates booked to take a test on the afternoon of the action to attend as arranged. Not all examiners will support the strike action.
In the announcement the DSA’s chief examiner Rosemary Thew did suggest candidate could change or cancel their practical test, giving the DSA ‘three clear working days notice’. This statement should include the privisio – three days - not including the day of the test or the day you are calling and it does not include public holidays in that rule. It would have been questionable that there would have been sufficient time to cancel a test without losing a fee, from the date of the announcement on the 1st of to the date of action on 8th. More importantly few pupil would want to postpone their driving test as it has been worked toward for weeks or months.
Candidates who turn up but can’t take their practical test because of strike action will automatically get a new test date from the DSA within five to ten working days.
Theory tests are not affected and will be taking place as planned.
All DRM pupils are advised to attend test as arranged and speak to your instructor or call the DRM centre if you have any questions. (0141 632 6326)