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Driving examiners plan 48-hour strike on new test day

Driving examiners plan 48-hour strike on new test day
From BBC - November 15, 2017

Driving examiners in England, Wales and Scotland are to stage a 48-hour strike the day a new driving test is launched.

The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union warned thousands of tests could be cancelled when up to 2,000 members take part in the 4 December walkout.

It said examiners, who are employed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), were being told to work harder as the tests come into force.

The DVSA has said the new test would better assess safe driving skills.

The new-look test means learners will need to follow directions from a sat nav and drive into a parking space.

Examiners will need to ask the candidate vehicle safety questions while on the move, while the test contains 20 minutes of independent driving instead of 10.

PCS union members voted by 84% in favour of striking, on a 70% turnout.

The union has called for the new driving test to be suspended pending a full safety review.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said the government was trying to force "detrimental changes" on its members with the new test.

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