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Strike threatens practical tests

Dealers should advise test candidates with practical tests on Wednesday 15 October are being advised to turn up for their exam despite the threat of strike action by examiners.

Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service union are planning to take strike action on Wednesday 15 October.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says it is doing all it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned and recommends all candidates come for their test as usual.

For information, if a test is cancelled because of strike action, the condidate doesn’t have to contact DVSA to rebook the appointment. DVSA will contact the candidate with a new test appointment within 5 to 10 working days.

Disappointed candidates 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 won’t be able to claim expenses.

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


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