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Driving examiners are the latest to strike

As the cost-of-living crisis continues and workers from all sectors are fighting over pay, driving examiners in the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are the latest to join those striking.

Further disruption for learner drivers

Practical driving tests have already faced a huge amount of disruption because of restrictions during the pandemic. More than half a million learners are waiting for their driving test and driving examiner strikes will, unfortunately, add to that list.

As well as the crushing wait for a test, many learners will now be facing extra costs as they continue paying for driving lessons until the next available test date.

While the DVSA has a list of the test centres affected, it won’t know every examiner striking in advance, which means some learners won’t know their test has been cancelled until the day.

When and where are the strikes happening?

Rolling driving examiner strikes will take place between 13 December and 16 January with different test centres affected at different times across the country. You can find information about what services will be affected and where on gov.uk, along with advice about what to do if your test is on a strike day.

Will theory tests be affected?

While theory tests won’t be affected and will carry on as normal, learner drivers are already facing difficulties with the long wait times between their theory and practical tests. It’s a very real possibility that learners’ theory tests will expire before they can get a practical test slot.

What to do if you’re worried about waiting even longer for your practical test

The PCS general secretary said the strikes will be, ”the hardest-hitting industrial action the government will have faced in decades.”


What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 18 August to 21 September 2023 17 August 2023 or before

What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 18 August to 21 September 2023 17 August 2023 or before

What’s your policy start date?

4 November 2023 or after 22 September to 3 November 2023 21 September 2023 or before

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