With Ontario’s driving examiners on strike, the province is granting automatic extensions for drivers’ licences that normally require a test before they are renewed.

DriveTest Centres across Ontario have been closed since Friday, when members of United Steelworkers Local 9511 walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement with their employer, Serco DES Inc.

“We reached an impasse,” said Serco representative Paul Dalglish, who added he was not aware of any plans to resume bargaining.

Job security is a key issue in the talks, which have been underway since mid-February.
The union local represents more than 550 members in Ontario.

There are 55 full-time DriveTest locations across the province and 38 driver examination centres that open periodically in smaller communities.

While they are closed, licences for commercial and novice drivers, and motorists 80 years of age and older will be extended for the duration of the strike.

Regular licences may be renewed at one of the more than 270 driver and vehicle licence issuing offices.