This publication presents information on the number and pass rates of driving and riding practical tests conducted in Great Britain for the quarter to 30 September 2013, and also statistics on driving instructors.
The statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers the driving test and training schemes in Great Britain.
From July to September 2013:
353,420 car practical tests were conducted, 4% fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year. The pass rate for these tests was 48%, equal to the same period in 2012.
411,473 car theory tests were conducted, 25% more than in the same quarter of the previous year. The pass rate for these tests was 53%, 9 percentage points lower than one year before. The increase in tests, and reduction in pass rate, are related to changes to the questions asked.
At the end of September 2013, there were 43,704 Approved Driving Instructors on the Register, and 2,717 motorcycle riding instructors on the Statutory Register.