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Why are driver’s license examiners going on strike?

Driving test examiners voted overwhelmingly to stage a two-day strike against plans to make them fit more tests into their working day.

With a Covid-induced backlog of around 440,000 tests, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) wants examiners to fit another test into their daily schedule – but their union believes this could lower standards and pose a security risk.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union recently voted for its affected members on whether to take industrial action, which they did by a margin of more than nine to one.

Some 92% of those who voted said they were ready to strike.

Why are driver’s license examiners going on strike?

Driving test examiners are set to strike against DVSA plans to increase the number of daily driving tests from seven to eight.

The DVLA wants examiners to oversee more driving tests to clear the backlog caused by the pandemic.

According to the PCS, requiring examiners to carry out eight tests a day would harm their performance, potentially putting other road users at risk from unfit drivers.

However, PCS says adding another test to the daily schedule could compromise standards, harm examiner performance and potentially put road users at risk.

He also warned that many examiners could leave the profession if the change is implemented.

The PCS has also warned that there could be further industrial action over a separate and longstanding dispute over Covid safety at the DVLA headquarters in Swansea.

When will the strike take place?

The driver’s license examiners’ strike is scheduled for October 11 and 12.

However, the PCS says it remains open to further negotiations with DVSA management if the implementation of the eight-test schedule is suspended before the scheduled strike dates.

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