DVSA strike affects upcoming driving tests

Following a vote by the Public and Commercial Union (PCS), some driving examiners who are members of the union will be taking strike action over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms over the coming months.

What types of driving tests might be affected by the DVSA strike?

  • Practical driving tests (for cars and motorbikes)
  • Vocational driving tests (for lorries, buses, coaches and minibuses)
  • Tractor or specialist vehicle driving tests
  • Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 (Driving Ability) & part 3 (Instructional Ability) tests.

Will your driving test be affected by the DVSA strike?

Whether or not your driving test will be affected by the DVSA strike depends on where and when your driving test is scheduled to take place.

  • 13 – 18 December 2022 – throughout North-East England and Scotland
  • 19 – 24 December 2022- throughout North-West England and Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 28 – 31 December 2022 & 03 January 2023 – throughout East of England, East Midlands
  • 04 – 10 January 2023 – throughout London, South-East England, South-West England and South Wales

What should you do if your driving test is scheduled to take place on a DVSA strike day?

You do not need to contact the DVSA if your test is scheduled to take place on a DVSA strike day. The DVSA will pro-actively contact you before the industrial action to let you know the impact on your booking. You will most likely need to reschedule your driving test. Given the limited number of test available, this could unfortunately push your potential pass date back by months.

Are theory tests still going ahead on DVSA strike days?

Theory tests will not be affected by the industrial action and will still be taking place.

Where can you get more information?

Head over to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency for further information.

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