TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The United Steel Workers (USW), who represent
most DriveTest employees, have served notice of their intention to commence
strike action immediately. As a result, all DriveTest Centres in the Province
of Ontario will be closed until further notice. DriveTest delivers Driver
Examination services on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
The Driver's License related services affected by this strike include:
- Written knowledge tests (Class A, B, C, D, E, F, G, M, and the "Z"
- Road tests (Class A, B, C, D, E, F, G, M, and the "Z" endorsement),
- Vision tests,
- Tests required for licence reinstatement or collision (e.g. demerit
point suspensions, 70+ drivers with an at-fault collision, etc.),
- Driving instructor licence applications,
- Submission of medical reports to the Ministry of Transportation, and
- Licence exchanges from other Canadian provinces and other countries.
To reduce the impact of this labour disruption on the DriveTest
customers, the Government of Ontario will take steps to extend the validity of
Drivers' Licenses that require a re-test as a condition of renewal. This
includes licenses for novice drivers, commercial drivers and drivers 80 years
of age and older. The extension of the expiry date will be done automatically
so individuals do not have to do anything for this extension to take effect.
SERVICEONTARIO DRIVER AND VEHICLE LICENCE ISSUING OFFICES ARE NOT
AFFECTED BY THIS DISRUPTION.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and will
continue to work with the USW to resolve this labour dispute as quickly as
For further information:
For further information: on the license extensions, previously scheduled
driver examinations, or to check the status of the DriveTest Centre closures,
please visit our website at www.DriveTest.ca