Unions have blamed a blowout in driving test waiting times in Albany on State Government staff freezes which meant no replacement was found for a departing assessor.
Since the assessor left in August, they say waiting times have jumped from 2½ weeks to six weeks.
They say it is a clear indication that budget cutbacks are beginning to seriously hit frontline services at Department of Transport licensing centres around the State.
Last week, an investigation by _The West Australian _ found that waiting times for driving tests had ballooned across Perth, with one metropolitan licensing centre unable to accept bookings for up to two months.
Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association branch secretary Toni Walkington said members were adamant that frontline services were being affected, despite assurances to the contrary from Transport Minister Troy Buswell.
She said the assessor's position was advertised and applications were received "before the department was told it could not proceed with replacing the staff member".
Regional managers attempted to reverse the decision but were unsuccessful.
"It's another example of the Transport Minister, who is also the Treasurer, introducing two major cutbacks to the public sector in 2012 and expecting it to be business as usual," Ms Walkington said.
But a spokeswoman for the Transport Department said no employee, including fixed-term contractors, had lost their job as a result of budget-saving measures."As other staff members within the Albany office are qualified to conduct driving assessments should the need arise, they will be given the opportunity to do so," the spokeswoman said.
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