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Strike action - Vehicle tester and traffic examiner: March 2023

28 Feb 2023


Some Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union are planning to take strike action during March 2023. This includes:

  • vehicle standards assessors
  • specialist vehicle standards assessors
  • traffic examiners
  • vehicle examiners

The strike action is part of national industrial action by the PCS union over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy terms.

MOTs for HGVs, buses and trailers

You should go to your vehicle test appointment as planned if it’s on the date of strike action.

DVSA does not expect the strike action to affect MOTs for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and trailers, but will not know for certain until the strike action takes place.

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

If your MOT cannot go ahead

You will need to book another appointment with an MOT centre if your test cannot go ahead because of the strike action.

If you manage an ATF

Contact your network business manager if a vehicle standards assessor has not attended your site within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time.

Further information:


Areas affected

Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March

London and south-east England

Thursday 9 March and Friday 10 March

South-west England and Wales

Wednesday 15 March

All areas of Great Britain

Monday 20 March and Tuesday 21 March

East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and parts of London

Thursday 23 March and Friday 24 March

North-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber

Monday 27 March and Tuesday 28 March

North-east England and Scotland