DVSA services – industrial action ballot by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union

Dear Member,

Further to our email yesterday from the PCS union regarding the examiners strike ballot, I would just like to confirm this was a statement from the examiner’s union and not a statement or opinion from MSA GB, to even up the balance, please see the below statement from DVSA.


National Vice Chairman

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has confirmed that members working at DVSA have voted for industrial action.  

The ballot concerned DVSA’s driving test recovery measures.  

It is disappointing that the PCS ballot supports industrial action. DVSA remain open to talks with PCS to find a resolution.

DVSA colleagues do an outstanding job in helping to keep our roads safe.

They are working hard to reduce waiting times, which includes employing new driving examiners on flexible contracts with weekend hours and asking more eligible managers and administrative colleagues to carry out driving tests full-time.

In November 2023, 196,481 practical car driving tests were carried out as a result of examiners’ hard work and effort.

This is the highest since April 2007 and helped to reduce the monthly average national driving test waiting time to 18.3 weeks in November.

DVSA services during any industrial action

DVSA know that you may have concerns about industrial action that might affect our services.  

You don’t need to contact them.

They will update you on any impact on our services as soon as they have more information.


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