Car insurance: Driving test strikes hit new motorists

Monday, 04 September 2006

Many wannabe drivers are likely to suffer under strike action by driving instructors.

It is expected that many tests could be cancelled as examiners raise concerns over changes in working practices as well as plans to close test sites in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London which could lead to the loss of around 80 jobs.

Around 2,000 examiners are likely to join the 24-hour strike and many prospective drivers will find their tests have been postponed.

A similar walkout in July caused the cancellation of around 42 per cent of tests but the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is urging all candidates to turn up for their test, otherwise they will not be entitled to claim the cost of a retest.

DSA's chief executive Rosemary Thew explained: "We do not know how many examiners will be turning up for work - not all of them are in the union. About two-thirds of tests booked went ahead during the last day of action, so candidates should not assume their tests will be lost."

Learning to drive can be expensive without the cost of having to book an additional test and all drivers are encouraged to make sure they shop around for the most suitable and affordable car insurance cover to help lower motoring costs.

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