Tests to go ahead in face of strike

Despite the threat of strike action by examiners, driving test candidates are still being urged to turn out for their practical on November 10.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is claiming it will be business as usual even though the Public and Commercial Services union is planning a nationwide strike.

The DSA Chief Executive, Rosemary Thew, said: "Not all examiners are members of the PCS union and even if they are, we cannot be sure that they will not turn up for work.

"We therefore want candidates to attend so that practical tests can be delivered if possible. Theory tests are not affected and will be taking place as planned."

"If no examiner is available for a test, a new date will automatically be re-booked by DSA and the candidate will be sent an out of pocket expenses form along with details of the new test.

"If candidates fail to turn up they will not be able to claim out of pocket expenses if their tests are cancelled and they will need to re-book their own tests.

The DSA said it would be able to offer a new test to those affected within five to ten working days.

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