Truck drivers' tests at risk due to strike action
By: Dave Robbins
09 May 2012
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Driving examiners could be going on strike if a dispute with the DfT over compulsory redundancies isn’t resolved. The strike action – planned for 10th May – was approved in a ballot of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members. If the one-day national strike takes place hundreds of trainee commercial vehicle drivers will have to re-book their tests.
The dispute is over proposed cuts at the DfT which include job losses and the closure of vehicle licensing offices. It’s the first of what is likely to be a series of walkouts and action by PCS members employed by the DfT.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is unsure how many examiners are likely to strike. As a result it is advising candidates to turn up for their test in case one is available. Drivers whose tests are cancelled will be able to claim out pocket expenses, such as vehicle hire and fuel costs from the DSA, but only if they turned up for their test.