The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has announced that its members will take part in discontinuous strike action during April 2023.
At present, DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) are unable to confirm what level of impact this action might have on DVSA services. It has been confirmed that not all DVSA staff and PCS members will go on strike.
To protect vocational tests, DVSA will use local warrant cards holders to prioritise vocational tests where possible.
Driving test centres
PCS has told DVSA the strike action will affect driving examiners employed at a number of driving test centres. Find a list of affected driving test centres on GOV.UK.
Tests might also be affected at other driving test centres that are not listed. DVSA will not know this until the strike action takes place.
If your pupil has booked a test themselves
Talk to your pupil to tell them that their test may be affected by the strike action. If they want you to, you can change the date of the test now through your normal online booking system. You must give at least 3 clear working days’ notice to change the test date.
If they do not want to change the date, they should turn up for their test as planned. If the test cannot go ahead, they’ll be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses. They must have turned up for their test to be able to do this.
If you still have unnamed tests
If you have unnamed tests dates in areas that may be affected by industrial action, you can cancel the booking if you no longer plan to use the appointment. This must be done in line with the normal cancellation process.
Rescheduling some tests in advance
If any of your test bookings are affected, we will refund the booking fee. If you have booked a test for your pupil that is affected and you receive the message, you must let them know.
If you have a CBT check booked that does not go ahead during the industrial action, we will contact you afterwards to rearrange.
Customer service centre
PCS has announced strike dates that may affect our customer service centres on 5 and 6 April and 11 and 12 April.
On these dates the customer service centre will be open from 8am to 4pm and it may take longer than usual to answer your query.
Keeping checking for updates
You can find the latest information about the driving examiner strike on GOV.UK. Please also keep checking your emails.