Preparing for the Upcoming Driving Examiner Strike: A Guide for Our Instructors

Dear BDS London Instructors,

As many of you are already aware, there is a planned strike by some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. This strike is scheduled to take place from the 8th to the 11th of February 2024. The strike is a result of ongoing disagreements between the PCS union and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), primarily concerning the measures being taken to reduce driving test waiting times.

What This Means for Driving Tests

  • The strike may impact various types of tests, including car, motorcycle, vocational tests (lorry, bus, coach, and minibus), tractor or specialist vehicle tests, and approved driving instructor (ADI) tests.
  • It’s important to note that theory tests will not be affected by the strike.
  • If you’re taking your test with a private test provider, your test will also not be affected.

Advice for Our Instructors

  1. Stay Informed: Keep yourselves updated with the latest information from DVSA and BDS London. We will make sure to communicate any new updates as we receive them.
  2. Reassure Your Clients: Let your clients know that not all examiners are union members and some may choose not to strike. Tests might still go ahead as planned, but there is a possibility of cancellations.
  3. Test Day Protocol: Advise your clients to attend their driving test appointment as planned, unless they are contacted by the DVSA with alternative instructions.
  4. Handling Cancellations: In case a test is cancelled due to the strike, the DVSA has stated that they will automatically rebook tests and candidates will be notified of the new details within 5 to 10 working days.
  5. Claiming Expenses: Inform your clients that they may be eligible to claim out-of-pocket expenses if their test is cancelled, but they must have turned up for their test as scheduled to do this.
  6. Maintain a Calm Approach: While this situation may cause some inconvenience, it’s vital to stay calm and offer support to your clients. They look to us for guidance and reassurance during these times.
  7. Flexibility is Key: Encourage flexibility in scheduling and preparing for tests. This may be a time to focus more on practice and refining skills while waiting for test appointments.

Conclusion Our main goal during this period is to ensure that both our instructors and clients are well-informed and prepared for any changes. BDS London is committed to providing support and guidance through this period. We understand the importance of driving tests for our clients, and we will do our utmost to assist them through any disruptions.

Updates: As we receive more information about the strike and its impact on driving tests, we will promptly inform you. Stay tuned to our communication channels for the latest updates.

Thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism during this period. Your role in guiding and supporting our clients is invaluable, especially in times like these.

Best Regards, BDS London Team

Sources: Information for this post was gathered from the GOV.UK and UK Driving Skills.