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DSA leaks show office closure plans

Issue No. 2238

Fresh leaks from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have revealed new layers of management plans to close offices and centres, and privatise driving tests.

They show that the Tories want to dramatically scale back DSA services.

Recent leaks proved that DSA management had been secretly planning for months to close the Cardiff office, and plans to close the Newcastle one.

A new document released to the PCS union reveals a meeting between transport minister Mike Penning and four MPs on 2 November last year “to discuss driving test centre closures”.

Penning said that the agency could get rid of permanent test centres, and make “use of community centres, supermarkets etc as a base for examiners to work from on set dates”.

He also said that he was looking at whether driving tests “could be provided more efficiently at a lower cost; and whether they could be undertaken by other organisations inside or outside the public sector”.

Another document suggests that private firms could use “delegated examiners”—private testers whose pass rates are 20 percent higher than DSA examiners.

Workers’ meetings in Cardiff and Newcastle have seen PCS members demand a strike ballot.

The union is moving towards this.


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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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