LGV and PCV students could once again face the prospect of having their test dates re-scheduled due to strike action, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has confirmed.
The on-going strike action by members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union over pay, job cuts and office closures is set to continue throughout February and March. The strike dates have been set as follows:
- Friday 1st February from 1.30pm (England, Scotland and Wales)
- Friday 15th February from 1.30pm (England and Scotland)
- Friday 1st March from 1.30pm (Wales)
The action has once again led to the DSA issuing a statement of apology along with instructions on what to do.
Chief Executive of the DSA, Rosemary Thew has urged students to turn up despite the potential threat: “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.”
She added: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. We’ll do everything we can to minimise disruption for our customers.”
Regular readers of our blog will probably now be familiar with the recommendations of what to do if your test is scheduled on a strike day, but for new readers, please read our advice below:
1. Turn up! If your test is cancelled due to strike action, the DSA will automatically
re-book another test for you at no additional cost. You should expect to hear from them within 5 to 10 working days. If you fail to turn up, you will have to re-book another date yourself and you will end up having to pay for another test.
2. Claim out-of-pocket expenses. Remember, if you turn up and the DSA cancel your test, you’ll be entitled to submit a claim for your out-of-pocket expenses. Make sure you complete and return the official claim form, together with its associated receipts. If you failed to turn up at the centre on the day of your test, you will not be able to enter a claim for out-of-pocket expenses.
The DSA’s Customer Service Centre may also be affected by the strike action but candidates will still be able to use the GOV.UK online services to book, cancel or amend test dates. Theory tests will not be affected by this action.