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Driving Examiners Strike

Driving examiners, including motorcycle test examiners, will be going on strike in some parts of the country in mid-late March, part of a national dispute over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms. This will affect motorcycle tests and CBT checks, but not CBT courses.

One nation-wide strike is planned for Wednesday 15th March followed by regional strikes on 21st /22nd March (East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and parts of London); 23rd/24th March (North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber); and 27th/28th March North East England and Scotland). A list of the test centres affected is available here

The DVSA adds that not all examiners will be on strike, as not all are union members, but if you have a test booked you can rebook, with at least three days notice. If the test can’t go ahead, DVSA will rebook it for you, and if you turn up at the test centre to be told that the test isn’t happening, you can claim for out of pocket expenses.

Jim Freeman, Chair of the BMF, said: “Let’s just hope that these employment issues can be resolved asap. It’s hard enough for riders to access CBTs and tests, in many parts of the country, as it is.”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Phoenix Motorcycle Training