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A new driving test starts today but aspiring drivers may have to wait a few days before they can sit it

The test comes in as driving test examiners plan a 48-hour strike from Monday in a dispute over pay and work hours.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union say examiners are being told to work longer, harder and for no extra pay to bring in the new testing regime.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “PCS members in the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) have tried to negotiate around their concerns but the door has been slammed shut in their face.

“They now feel they have no alternative but to take industrial action to bring home to the public how damaging the DVSA proposals are.”