25 October 2021

DVSA dispute: consultative ballot opens

PCS is balloting driving examiner and local driving test centre manager members on the agreement negotiated with DVSA.

PCS has launched a consultative ballot of driving examiner and local driving test centre manager members with a recommendation to accept the agreement that PCS reached with DVSA on 15 October.

The agreement, if accepted by members, will see an end to the dispute that PCS has with DVSA over the proposed introduction of an eighth car driving test to the daily schedule of examiners.

The agreement comes following an overwhelming vote for industrial action last month.

PCS negotiators believe that the agreement, which effectively removes the plans to introduce an eighth test to the schedule for a period of at least 12-months, is a significant achievement and clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when union members stand united.

PCS Department for Transport Group President, Paul Williams, said: “Members have spoken loudly and clearly with their mandate. PCS now has a duty, if members will accept our recommendation, to hold DVSA to the letter and the spirit of the agreement and to make further gains for members across the whole of DVSA.”

The ballot, which is being held electronically, closes at noon on 5 November.