Following on from our blog last week about the driving examinersâ€™ strike, if you had a driving test cancelled as a result of the walk out, you can claim an out-of-pocket expenses. Hereâ€™s howâ€¦
Claiming expenses if you had a driving test cancelled Â
Firstly, letâ€™s clarify when you can make a claim. Itâ€™s possible to claim out-of-pocket expenses should the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancel your driving theory test or practical exam at short notice. â€˜Short noticeâ€™ is deemed to be less than three clear working days, while Sundays and public holidays do not qualify as working days.
If you had a driving test cancelled on the 19 or 20 November 2015 after turning up for your test, youâ€™re eligible to make a claim. However, we must stress that you must have shown up for the test on the day.
If you qualify to make a claim, Book Theory Test Today recommends that you get it done within 6 months following the date that you had your driving test cancelled, otherwise the DVSA may refuse to pay out.
While weâ€™re on the subject of claiming expenses if you had a driving test cancelled, here are some instances where you canâ€™t claim:
- bad weather and poor light
- driver problems. For example, you were ill
- problems with your vehicle
What can I claim for?
If you had a test cancelled at short notice, whether that was your theory test or DVSA practical test, you can claim for loss of any standard pay or earnings lost as a result of having to take unpaid leave. This is typically half a day on the day of the driving exam, after tax and National Insurance, but excludes overtime or commission payments. Â
Claiming for a theory test cancellation
If you had made an online theory test booking, in addition to claiming for loss of earnings etcâ€¦ you can also claim for the cost of your journey to and from the test centre.
Claiming for a DVSA practical test
If you were taking your practical test, in addition to claiming for loss of earnings etcâ€¦ you can claim for either:
- the cost of hiring a vehicle for your practical exam if you didnâ€™t use your own
- a set rate per mile if you did use your own vehicle to get to and from the test centre â€“ this will be based on a reasonable distance travelled (except in the case of any HGV or bus exams not taken at a DVSA site)
Typically, costs are based on your instructorâ€™s or trainerâ€™s standard hourly lesson rate as opposed to any flat rate fee that your instructor or trainer charges for using a vehicle on the day of the test.
What you canâ€™t claim for
Youâ€™re unable to claim for:
- any training courses that you may have arranged prior to a particular test appointment
- cost of driving lessons
- extra lessons taken while waiting for a rearranged test date
How to make a claim
For all the relevant information, and to make a claim, click here.
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