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Disgraceful DVSA

It’s a disgrace the way DVSA treat the public at times. One of our pupils has been waiting for three months for a driving test at Lanark. His date was this coming Monday  (21st December 2015) Today 16th December they sent him confirmation that his his test would not take place and they have moved it to April 2016.
It’s an absolute disgrace that someone should have to wait seven months for a driving test.

Examiner’s strike in Scotland

Further DVSA examiner strikes are planned:

Tuesday 1 December 2015:
North East, North West and Scotland

Wednesday 2 December 2015:
West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales

Thursday 3 December 2015:
London, South East, East of England and South West

Friday 4 December 2015:
All of Great Britain

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Examiner’s strike update

Driving examiner strike: candidates advised to attend tests
Driving examiners and vehicle examiners are planning to take strike action at various times on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015.
Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service union (PCS) are planning to take strike action on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015.

Candidates advised to attend tests

DVSA is doing all it can to make sure that driving tests go ahead as planned and recommends all candidates come for their test as usual

If your pupil’s test is cancelled because of strike action, they won’t have to contact DVSA to rebook their appointment. DVSA will contact them with a new test appointment within 5 to 10 working days.

Out-of-pocket expenses

Your pupil can claim out-of-pocket expenses if their test is cancelled, but they must have turned up for their test in order to make this claim. If they don’t turn up, they’ll have to rebook their own test and they won’t be able to claim expenses.

Find out how to claim out-of-pocket expenses

Theory tests

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

Examiner’s strike

Driving tests face strike action as PCS warns over road safety
11 November 2015

Driving tests face disruption from PCS strikes as we warn that a government agency could be flouting the law and putting road safety at risk.

We believe plans by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to increase the number of driving tests allowed in a day could breach the legal requirement for elements of the test to be conducted in “good daylight”.

In a ballot on the issue that closed today, 91.5% voted for strikes and 96.9% for non-strike industrial action on a 64.6% turnout, well above the thresholds that the government is attempting to impose through the trade union bill. We will now consider possible dates for industrial action.

Last year we agreed arrangements with DVSA for new working conditions to be negotiated, but the agency is now trying to impose detrimental terms, including lengthening the working day to accommodate more driving tests.

Our 1,600 members who work in 350 locations across the UK, predominantly as driving examiners but also including officers carrying out vehicle and traffic safety checks, have reported widespread intimidation by managers to accept new working patterns, including staff who have adjustments in place for caring responsibilities.
Blatant disregard
We’re accusing the agency of showing a “blatant disregard for road safety” as during winter months it will not be possible to conduct all the tests in daylight hours.

Before any changes are imposed, we are calling on DVSA to commission fresh research on test times, including their physical and psychological effects and impact on safety, and for a full staffing review after the agency admitted it was 350 posts short.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “These plans show a blatant disregard for road safety and we’re appalled that DVSA is pressing ahead instead of negotiating with us.”