DriveTest Strike Ontario
DriveTest Strike Ontario
DriveTest Strike Ontario We as many people know now the DriveTest strike in Ontario now over 9 weeks old is become a big problem for motorists. This has been very upsetting for many people. Lots of people who are waiting to get there G2 license so they can drive by themselves are unable too. People who want to do there written tests have to wait to apply for a license. Also people interested in a career for commercial driving “truck or bus” are now stuck waiting. Driving schools are losing business and companies who require fresh new drivers are left waiting. Many people who are upset, teenagers who already have purchased their first car and paying insurance on it to have it rot in their driveway. Some driving schools are now laying off their employee’s and estimated 4000 driving tests a day are not getting performed.
What is DriveTest
DriveTest is the company which you can apply for a drivers license in Ontario and can complete the appropriate road tests to achieve the license. You can apply for written tests of G1 M1 and commercial licenses “A, B, C, D, E, and F” and Z endorsement “Air Brake” and the exit driving tests to complete these license classes. Serco Des Inc purchased DriveTest from the Ontario Government back in 1993 for a 10 year contact, $114-million deal with the province.
Why are they on strike?
The main issue is with job security and Serco Des Inc which owns the company wants to turn it into seasonal employment. Their current contact doesn’t recognize job seniority and security which is the main concern of the union. Money is on the list but not the focus they don’t want to lay off senior staff before part time or contractors “students”. I believe these are very acceptable concerns for the employee’s unfortunately the strike is affecting the public. The Union is focused on goal of resolving the seniority and security issues.
What can we do?
Well there is not much if you need to do a road test, the government has extended the licenses once the strike is over you must book your test. If you need to do a written test there is hope. In Toronto there is the big Service Ontario location at 777 Bay ST, Toronto “College Park” which is the only place in all of Ontario to complete your written tests, this location is not owned by Serco and still owned by Ontario. So hopefully you can write your test and when the training is completed the strike will be over. Remember to bring your forms of id with you, your medical certificate “commercial license only“ and a form of payment either cash, debit or credit card. Please call ahead to make sure there open before making the trip up there and be aware of long wait time. This is a fact because a week ago I drove up there to write my A/C/Z learners permit and had to wait over 4hrs and write the tests in a room with a bunch of annoying people so be prepared. Also try to contact your local government and voice your concerns, there might not be much they can do, but it will let them know that it’s affecting a large number of people in Ontario. Well my final thoughts are this needs to be resolved now so nobody else has to suffer. Is Ontario the only place that has the Driving examiners or has this happened somewhere else too? Please check the links posted below for more information.
- Service Ontario 777 Bay ST.
Information on the ServiceOntario location in Toronto which still provides written tests.
Joing the End to DriveTest strike on Facebook.
Contact MP in Ontario
- Contact MP in Ontario
Links for local contacts of you member of parlement.