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Driving Standards Agency

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of industrial action in the Driving Standards Agency. (91403)

DSA staff have been involved in industrial action since 17 July 2006.

There have been two one-day strikes. On 17 July, 906 members of staff took action. This represents about 33 per cent. of the workforce of 2,750 and resulted in around 40 per cent. of the day's tests being lost. On 4 September, support for the strike was reduced and only 601 staff (22 per cent. of the workforce) took action which resulted in about 33 per cent. of tests being lost.

The industrial action has also included a work to rule since 17 July. This has led to some tests being cancelled at short notice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the restructuring of Driving Standards Agency offices; how many private examiner posts are expected to be lost as a result of the restructuring; what the location will be of the job losses; and what the aims and objectives are of the Driving Safety Forward programme. (91652)

There will be no loss of driving examiner posts as part of the restructuring of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). The aim of the Driving Safety Forward programme is for DSA to have a more proactive and broader role in improving driver safety in support of the wider road safety agenda in order to:

lead the development and delivery of effective driving standards and testing regimes;

be recognised as a leading authority on the development of driver safety services and driver education;

co-ordinate the results of driver safety research currently undertaken in a wide number of places across government and industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving tests were conducted by the Driving Standards Agency in each of the last 24 months. (91402)

The table shows driving licence acquisition tests conducted nationally during the period September 2004 to August 2006. The data includes practical and theory tests for car, motorcycle, bus and lorry driving tests.

Practical test

Theory test

September 2004

166,477

88,200

October 2004

169,366

123,247

November 2004

183,407

117,546

December 2004

153,553

91,490

January 2005

169,574

87,633

February 2005

157,761

112,470

March 2005

161,544

130,698

April 2005

184,081

128,258

May 2005

169,641

118,961

June 2005

183,896

126,857

July 2005

175,437

121,578

August 2005

167,773

134,733

September 2005

176,355

128,185

October 2005

172,555

115,489

November 2005

181,706

118,368

December 2005

149,389

88,678

January 2006

178,675

90,013

February 2006

171,057

107,450

March 2006

198,184

127,378

April 2006

151,943

120,939

May 2006

180,421

118,401

June 2006

185,221

119,349

July 2006

170,571

115,456

August 2006

165,045

130,501