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Driving examiner strike on 10 July: you should still attend your test

Driving test candidates with practical tests on Thursday 10 July should still come for their test despite the threat of strike action by examiners.

Driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service union are planning to take strike action on Thursday 10 July 2014.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is doing everything it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned and urges all candidates to come for their test as usual.

You won’t have to contact DVSA to rebook if you can’t take your test because of the strike action. You should hear from the agency with a new date within 5 to 10 working days.

You should make a contingency plan for any transport arrangements you may have assumed would be possible after July 10, though, just in case you cannot take your test.

Out-of-pocket expenses

You can claim out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled, but you must have turned up for your test to do this. If you don’t turn up, you’ll have to rebook your own test and you won’t be able to claim expenses.

You can claim for:

  • the cost of travelling to and from the test centre or vehicle hire
  • pay or earnings you lost through taking unpaid leave

You can’t claim for:

  • the cost of driving lessons or training courses that you took before your test appointment
  • extra lessons that you decide to take while waiting for your rearranged test

You can’t claim if the test was cancelled because of:

  • bad weather and poor light
  • vehicle problems
  • driver problems for example driver illness

Find out how to claim out-of-pocket expenses

Cancelling or changing your test

You’ll still be able to book, change or cancel practical driving tests online on GOV.UK.

Cancelling or changing your test

Theory tests aren’t affected by the strike action and will be taking place as planned.

Darren has owned several companies in the automotive, advertising and education industries. He has run driving theory educational websites since 2010.

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