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DVSA driving test centres will be affected by strike action in December and January





Learner drivers ready to sit their driving test could now face a longer wait to get behind the wheel after examiners announced a series of strikes.

Test slots have been in high demand since the end of pandemic restrictions when a backlog of learners wanting to sit their test - combined with a shortage of available slots - led to long delays for an appointment.

Examiners who are members of the PCS union have voted in favour of strike action. Image: Stock photo.
Examiners who are members of the PCS union have voted in favour of strike action. Image: Stock photo.

But driving test centres across the UK face more disruption both this month and next after the Public and Commercial Services union, which represents examiners alongside workers in numerous other government departments, announced its own plans for industrial action.

These are taking place on select dates between Tuesday, December 13 and Tuesday, January 10 next year, depending on the region.

The walkouts form part of nationwide action by the PCS union as part of a dispute over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms involving thousands of its members.

Alongside car driving tests, motorcycle tests, lorry, bus, coach and minibus vocational tests, tractor or specialist driving tests and approved driving instructor tests could all be affected by the strikes depending on the numbers of examiners which join the walk-outs.

Test centres face disruption during examiner strikes which will delay or cancel some tests. Image: Stock photo.
Test centres face disruption during examiner strikes which will delay or cancel some tests. Image: Stock photo.

No theory test appointments will be impacted and those sitting a practical test with a private provider should also see their appointments go ahead.

In the East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and parts of London, strikes involving driving examiners are scheduled to happen, says the DVSA, from Wednesday, December 28 to Saturday, December 31, and again on Tuesday, January 3. Not all examiners at all test centres will be taking part in the strike.

It includes the test centre in King's Lynn. Tests at other centres might also be affected.

Royal Mail workers are among those due to walk out again in December
Royal Mail workers are among those due to walk out again in December

The country is said to be facing a 'winter of discontent' as a result of hundreds of thousands of workers planning or voting for industrial action on a vast scale.

Driving examiners join nurses, railway workers, university staff, train company staff, baggage handlers, bus drivers, paramedics, 999 call handlers and postal workers up and down the country in announcing strikes while the fire brigade and teaching unions are also threatening to ballot members over action if disputes over pay and working conditions remain unresolved.

Anyone who has a test booked for a day of possible strike action can cancel their test in advance and at no cost by giving three days' notice.

Alternatively. as not all driving test examiners at all the centres are taking part in industrial action learner drivers should turn up as originally instructed. If the test can't go ahead, DVSA will rebook it for you at no cost. You will also be able to claim out-of-pocket expenses.



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