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Driving examiners’ strike action in December 2022 and January 2023

Some driving tests might be affected by strike action at times during December 2022 and January 2023.

Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are planning to take strike action at times during December 2022 and January 2023.

The strike action is part of national industrial action by the PCS union over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

Nottinghamshire centres affected: Ashfield, Nottingham (Chilwell), Nottingham (Colwick). Tests at other driving test centres in these areas might also be affected.

What types of tests might be affected

The strike action might affect:

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  • car driving tests
  • motorcycle tests
  • lorry, bus, coach and minibus driving tests (these are known as vocational tests)
  • tractor or specialist vehicle driving tests
  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 (driving ability) or part 3 (instructional ability) tests
  • ADI standards checks
  • moped and motorcycle compulsory basic training (CBT) checks – but not the training courses themselves

The strike action will not affect theory tests.

Driving tests with private test providers

Your test will not be affected by the strike action if you’re taking it with a private test provider. This includes some:

When the strikes will be held

The strikes will affect driving test centres in different parts of Great Britain at different times.

DatesAreas affected
Tuesday 13 December to Sunday 18 DecemberNorth-east England and Scotland
Monday 19 December to Saturday 24 DecemberNorth-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber
Wednesday 28 December to Saturday 31 December, and Tuesday 3 JanuaryEast of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and parts of London
Wednesday 4 January to Tuesday 10 JanuaryLondon, south-east England, south-west England and Wales

Check which driving test centres are affected

The PCS union has told DVSA the strike action will affect driving examiners employed at the driving test centres listed on this page.

Tests might also be affected at other driving test centres that are not listed. DVSA will not know this until the day of the strike action.


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