Directly refuting claims by one Examiner’s union that elements of the new driving test could put Examiners at risk, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have today published a letter of reassurance to stakeholders, accompanied by an independent risk assessment report which supports the changes.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest unions representing Driving Examiners, claim that changes particularly to the manoeuvres element of the test could place their Examiner members at further risk. Issues identified with the implementation of the test are amongst a number of other grievances they are currently in dispute with DVSA over.
In specifically highlighting concerns about the allegedly riskier nature of the new assessment, the Union is suspected of using the new L test as a battering ram in its wider negotiations around Examiner contracts – and have already threatened strike action to disrupt the launch as a result.
However, today’s communication points to the rigorous trial and consultation process carried out by the agency to assess the impact of the developments - and is accompanied by details of an independent risk assessment carried out by respected health and safety body Rospa.
DVSA states that 'the issues that they (PCS) raise have no foundation and that the safety of our staff, test candidates and the general public is our top priority.”
The claims made by PCS are further dismissed as the agency points out that:
"They do not acknowledge the evidence from the trial, or provide any evidence that hasn’t been evaluated throughout the project".
Read the full risk and impact assessment reports here.