Driving test examiners have voted overwhelmingly to hold a two-day strike against plans to make them fit more tests into their working day.
With a Covid-induced backlog of about 440,000 tests, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) wants examiners to fit another test into their daily schedule - but their trade union believes this could lower standards and pose a safety risk.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union recently balloted 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 prepared to go on strike.
Why are driving test examiners going on strike?
Driving test examiners are set to strike against the DVSA’s plans to increase the number of daily driving tests from seven to eight.
The DVLA wants examiners to oversee more driving tests in order to clear the backlog caused by the pandemic.
However, PCS says that adding another test to the daily schedule could compromise standards, adversely affecting the performance of examiners and potentially putting road users at risk as a result.
It has also warned that many examiners could quit the profession if the change is implemented.
The PCS has also warned that there could be further industrial action over a separate, long-running dispute over Covid safety at the DVLA’s Swansea headquarters.
When will the strike take place?
The driving test examiners’ strike is scheduled to take place on October 11th and 12th.
However, the PCS says it remains open to further negotiations with DVSA management if the implementation of the eight-test schedule is suspended prior to the planned strike dates.
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