Driving examiners to strike across the UK this March

Driving examiners will be striking across the UK this March, with industrial action beginning 6th and ending on the 28th

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INDUSTRIAL action continues for driving examiners this March, PCS Union members will take to picket lines over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

The strike action will affect a number of examiners in specific roles, and the specific tests affected are: car tests, motorcycle tests, lorry, bus, coach and minibus driving tests (vocational tests), tractor or specialist vehicle driving tests, approved driving instructor tests, ADI standards checks, moped and motorcycle compulsory basic training (CBT) checks - but not the training courses themselves.

The last point is in relation to the examiners who attend motorcycle training schools to monitor those performing CBT testing, and it’s important to note that these will still be going ahead as planned – it’s just the monitoring and testing of training schools that cannot take place.

As with previous driving examiner strike action, theory test for any vehicles, including motorcycles, is not affected and can continue as planned.

When and where with the driving test examiner strikes take place?


Areas affected

Monday 6 March & Tuesday 7 March

London & south-east England

Thursday 9 March & Friday 10 March

South-west England & Wales

Wednesday 15 March

All areas of Great Britain

Monday 20 March & Tuesday 21 March

East of England, East & West Midlands & parts of London

Thursday 23 March & Friday 24 March

North-west England & Yorkshire and the Humber

Monday 27 March & Tuesday 28 March

North-east England & Scotland

For further information on the March 2023 driving examiner strike, head to the GOV.UK website here.

This article was originally written on 30/11/2022. It has since been updated with this new information. The original article can be found below.

DVSA car and motorcycle test centres are to be hit by strike action this winter, as some Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members plan to picket throughout the winter.

The move comes at a time when multiple areas of UK infrastructure are holding strike action, with rail and postal workers all recently taking to the picket line. This PCS Union industrial action is in relation to pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

It might not affect all driving examiners through, as it is only those that are members of the union that will be taking part in the stoppage.

Which car and motorcycle test certificates are affected?

The strike action is taking place in different areas of the country at different times, and will begin on Tuesday 13th December 2022, and run until Wednesday 4th January 2023. The strikes will affect practical car and motorcycle test centres, lorry, bus, coach and minibus driving tests, tractor or specialist vehicle driving tests, and the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 and part 3 tests.

Driving tests not affected are the Driver CPC part 3a (off-road exercise) tests, and the Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests. All theory tests will be continuing as normal, and it is only practical tests that are being affected.

Date of strike action

Areas affected

Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 18 December

North-east England and Scotland

Monday 19 December to Saturday 24 December

North-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber

Wednesday 28 December to Saturday 31 December, and Tuesday 3 January

East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands

Wednesday 4 January to Tuesday 10 January

London, south-east England, south-west England and Wales

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