Statement from DVSA on suspension of the planned examiner strikes

Male auto instructor takes exam in young woman. Blurred background of model sitting in car and holding hands on steering wheel. Guy hold folder with paper in hands

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) announced the suspension the planned industrial action in February 2024

DVSA has made an offer to PCS that addresses the 8 concerns raised by their members. These include members’ safety, terms and conditions and the standards of safety that driving tests require.

PCS will now fully consult its members on the latest offer made by DVSA through a consultative ballot.

Please see the media line below you can now share with your members.

DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder said:  

“DVSA colleagues do an outstanding job in helping to keep our roads safe and are working to bring waiting times down.

“We are pleased the talks with PCS union have been successful, and the planned industrial action on 8-11 February will not go ahead.

“I am grateful to the DVSA and PCS negotiating teams for the productive discussions and their commitment to resolving the issues.

“Driving test candidates with tests booked between 8 – 11 February should attend their test as planned”.

Practical car driving tests

  • In December 2023, 152,474 practical car driving tests were carried out as a result of examiners’ hard work and effort.
  • This is the highest number of tests done in December since records began and helped to reduce the monthly average national driving test waiting time to 17.4 weeks in December

2 thoughts on “Statement from DVSA on suspension of the planned examiner strikes”

  1. what are the 8 concerns of examiners. they are miserable lot.

    there is no consistency in the examiner tests. have seen students who have not parked correctly in a bay, but passed, only because student was white. same examiner failed a student for not parking correctly, he was non-white.

  2. Alison Robertson

    I don’t understand. All this overtime trying to reduce waiting times.
    This is never going to happen long term until you address the issue of people booking practical tests the minute they pass their theory and haven’t had a single lesson let alone found an instructor!!

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