DVLA office shut by strike

The DVLA office on Caxton Road in Fulwood, Preston, which were shut on Friday
The DVLA office on Caxton Road in Fulwood, Preston, which were shut on Friday
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The Preston office of the DVLA has shut as part of a 24-hour walk-out.

The office on Caxton Road, Fulwood, will be closed throughout Friday as part of industrial action taken by members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices across the country.

It is taking the action as part of planned office closures across the country signal the end of a “highly prized” face-to-face service.

A sign on the door of the Preston office told members of the public the office would reopen on Monday between 9am and 5pm.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As well as losing a high quality public service and more than 1,000 jobs at a time of high unemployment, we believe these closures will lead to increased vehicle tax evasion and fraud.

“We want the minister to listen to the overwhelming views of the public, motor traders and his staff, and to see sense and reverse these ill-thought through and damaging closures.”

In July, the Government announced plans to shut all its offices, including the Preston site.

DVLA said it could not guarantee a business-as-usual service because of the strike and asked people to avoid travelling to any DVLA office today.

Contact centres will be operating a reduced service and callers were warned to expect longer waiting times.

The organisation suggested conducting transactions by other means such as electronically or via the Post Office.