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Driving examiners to strike in March

Some driving examiners who belong to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are planning to take strike next month.

It’s part of national industrial action by the PCS union over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

London and the South East will be holding their strikes on Monday 6 and Tuesday, March 7, while the South West and Wales take action on Thursday 9 and Friday, March 10.

All areas of Britain will be affected on Wednesday, March 15, with northern areas and Scotland striking separately on dates after this.

The action could affect those about to take car or motorcycle tests, vocational tests, the approved driving instructor tests, and more.

Those sitting theory tests on strike days or those taking tests with a private test provider, will not be affected.

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.

London and south-east England

These areas include these test centres:

Ashford (Kent), Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Belvedere (London), Bletchley, Burgess Hill, Canterbury, Chertsey (London), Chichester, Chingford (London), Crawley, Eastbourne, Enfield (Brancroft Way), Enfield (Innova Business Park), Erith (London), Farnborough, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gillingham LGV, Greenford (London), Greenham, Guildford, Hastings (Ore), Hendon (London), Herne Bay, Hither Green (London), Isleworth (Fleming Way), Lancing, Lee On The Solent, Maidstone, Mill Hill (London), Mitcham (London), Morden (London), Newbury (Hambridge Lane), Newport (Isle Of Wight), Not found, Oxford (Cowley), Pinner (London), Portsmouth, Reading, Redhill Aerodrome, Sevenoaks, Sidcup (London), Slough (London), Southall (London), Southampton (Maybush), Southampton LGV, Tolworth (London), Tottenham, Tunbridge Wells, Uxbridge (London), Wanstead (London), West Wickham (London), Winchester, Wood Green (London), and Yeading (London).

Tests at other driving test centres in these areas might also be affected.

Changing your driving test date

Not all examiners are PCS union members, and even if they are, they might choose not to go on strike.

However, you can change your test date but you need to give at least three days’ working notice or face paying again.

What to do if you do not change your test

You should go to your driving test appointment as planned if it’s on the date of strike action, unless DVSA contacts you to tell you not to go.

You will lose your fee for the test if you do not go for your appointment, and you’ll have to rebook your test yourself.

If your driving test cannot go ahead

DVSA will automatically rebook your driving test for you if it cannot go ahead because of the strike action.

You’ll be sent the new details within 5 to 10 working days. You do not need to contact DVSA.


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