The Public & commercial services (PCS) union are planning to go on strike in April 2023. The strike is due to the national industrial action by the public and commercial services over a pay rise, job redundancy and jobs terms and conditions.
It will affect practical driving test centres in different areas of the United Kingdom at different times.
Types of Driving Tests May Affect
This strike may affect:
- Car practical driving tests
- Standards checks
- Approved driving instructor part 2 and part 3 tests
- Motorcycle tests
- Coach, bus, minibus, and lorry tests
- Specialist vehicle and tractor driving tests
Car theory tests will not be affected by the strike.
Taxi driving tests and driving tests with private test providers will also be not affected by this strike.
Strike Dates and Affected Areas
North-east England and Scotland on 17th and 18th April 2023
North-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber on 20th and 21st April 2023
East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and areas of London on 24th and 25th April 2023
South-west England, South-east England, London and Wales on the 27th and 28th of April
Change Practical Driving Test Date
Learners can change their driving test date if their test is on these dates. Not all driving examiners are members of the PCS union.
Also, examiners who are members of the PCS union might not decide to go on strike. You will lose your driving test fee if you don’t change or cancel your test at least 3 working days before the actual test.
Driver and vehicle standards agency will contact you if you have your driving instructor test booked including ADI standards check, ADI part 2 and part 3.
DVSA will automatically rebook and send you a new test date if your test does not go ahead due to the strike.