Vehicle Examiner

Job Description

We are looking for motivated and ambitious individuals to join our professional enforcement team as Vehicle Examiners, with positions based at various locations across the UK.

As a Vehicle Examiner you’ll contribute to the maintenance and improvement of road safety and standards by keeping the public safe on Britain’s roads.

You’ll work effectively both as part of a team and individually, conducting inspections of various types of vehicles and systems relating to vehicle operations.

As a Vehicle Examiner you will play a vital role in road safety. To view the role responsibilities, please see the attached candidate pack.

Further Information

There may be a requirement to travel to other DVSA locations in order to carry out your role, with the potential for overnight stays. This may also include working outside of normal hours (with prior notice) to ensure road safety.

These roles are normally full time, but depending upon business needs and requirements, opportunities may exist for part time, job sharing and flexible working.

Location Information

Please note, the post advertised for London will be based at Belvedere.

The post advertised for Northampton will be based at Weedon.

Some of the locations advertised will not have posts available immediately. However, we will hold a Reserve List for up to 12 months and will be in touch with the successful candidates when they become available.

About You

There are key skills and experience required to be successful as a Vehicle Examiner. You can view these in the attached Candidate Pack.

About Us
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.

We’re an innovative organisation that values professional expertise. We invest in our people and champion inclusive and diverse teams.
And we make sure colleagues have the skills to meet the needs of Britain’s road users.

If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.

Diversity: Our vision is to support and develop everyone who chooses to work for us. We care deeply about diversity and equality. And we create a positive culture that’s friendly, welcoming, respectful and full of opportunities for professional and personal development.

Full Current UK Driving Licence


A vocational related qualification in Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair at level 3
or IMI ATA registration at diagnostic technician level
or IRTEC registration at advanced technician level
or Engtech registration.

Other Motor related qualifications may be acceptable, please see attached qualification list.

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • DVSA – Technical Competency Framework – Knowledge of Vehicles
  • DVSA – Technical Competency Framework – Vehicle Examination

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

To learn more about life as an employee of the DVSA visit our Careers website.

Our posts attract a recruitment and retention allowance of £2,950 at all locations whilst the following locations hold an additional allowance of:

• Leatherhead and Ashford (Kent) – these are shift working posts and attract a Shift Allowance of £7899;

• Yeading, South Mimms, Mitcham, Belvedere and Leatherhead– these locations attract a London Weighting Allowance of £4000.

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

When drafting your CV, please include your duties and responsibilities in your previous roles, relating to the repair, maintenance or inspection HGVs, LGVs, PSVs or cars.

Please tailor your personal statement to evidence your experience of :

• following a process that involved interpreting data and drafting a detailed response
• remaining positive while adapting to changes in working requirements or business needs
• working effectively as part of a team while working towards a shared goal

The CV and Personal Statement sift is due to take place between 8th and 15th December 2020.

If you are successful at the initial sift stage, you will receive a link to complete the next stage of the application process which is an on-line technical test. You will also be required to send proof of your relevant qualifications to us. Candidates who fail to provide proof of their technical qualification(s) will not be considered for the role.

The link will be issued on 16th December 2020.

The deadline for completion of the test and to send the proof of your qualifications will be 21st December 2020.

The link to the online test will be sent to the email address you have registered with Civil Service Jobs. It is important to note that we are only able to send the test to the email address that you have provided on your CS Jobs account.

Please check your junk email folders as we don’t want you to miss out on the chance to become one of our Vehicle Examiners.

You can review other key recruitment dates in the Candidate Pack.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We’ll try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.

How to Apply

We’ve designed the selection process specifically for this role. So your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful.

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
You can read more about Success Profiles here visit our Careers website.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information
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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Lindsay Hassett
Email :

Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

Candidate Pack Enforcement – Vehicle Examiner Opens in new window(pdf, 1931kB)
VE Qualifications Opens in new window(pdf, 64kB)
DVSA Technical Competency Framework July 2013 Opens in new window(doc, 53kB)
VX Candidate Notes and Guidance for CV and Personal Statement Opens in new window(pdf, 1178kB)