2017 driving test changes: examiner strike begins

2017 driving test changes: examiner strike begins

Controversial new driving test changes come into force today across Essex. In most cases, it will also require learners to follow directions from a TomTom Start 52 sat nav unit rather than road signs - although approximately one in five exams will still require the previous sign-only method.

The introduction of the sat nav element follows a consultation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) that found half of drivers have one in the auto, and that 70 per cent thought the new 2017 reforms would be a good idea.

Under the new rules, learners will no long be asked to prove they can reverse around a corner or perform a three-point turn in the road. However, you will be tested on either parallel parking, park in a bay - either driving in and out - and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road.

The "show me, tell me" questions will now have to be answered while driving, too, whereas before they were asked before the driving test started. No one takes strike action lightly and we acknowledge the disruption to the driving tests for learner drivers keen to pass their test but the Government could avoid this strike even now at the 11th hour by agreeing to serious talks and withdrawing their most damaging proposals.

You'll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you're going if you're not sure.

The overall time of the driving test won't change.

But the changes have sparked controversy among driving examiners, who are set to stage a 48-hour strike from Monday.

The 4 driving test changes1. Union officials also announced examiners would refuse overtime and work to rule from 23 November.


PCS general secretary Mark Serkwota said: "PCS members in the DVSA have tried to negotiate around their concerns but the door has been slammed shut in their face".

PCS members voted overwhelmingly for strike action as examiners say they will now have to work longer, harder and for the same pay, since the changes made by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have come into force.

The tell me question will be asked at the start of the test and will involve the students explaining how to carry out a safety test.

"We have already had positive feedback from our driving instructors and their pupils and therefore fully support these proposed changes".

Mr Llewellyn also gave details of the DVSA's negotiations with the PCS union, saying: "I met with PCS on 2nd November and they turned down my offer of mediation, although our offer still stands".

These are the first phase of reforms to make the driving test more relevant to the real-world.

"In the future, we will need to see further changes to the test when we have more electric, connected and semi-autonomous cars on our roads". You won't need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you.

The driving test cost will also stay the same.

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