Official Statistics

Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: January to March 2018

Driver standards statistics on the numbers and pass rates for driving and riding theory and practical tests, and registered driving and riding instructors.


Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: January to March 2018 tables

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Statistics on the number and pass rates of driving and riding practical tests conducted in Great Britain for the period January to March 2018, and also statistics on driving instructors.

During January to March 2018, there were:

  • 480,200 theory tests
  • 465,650 practical tests

When comparing with January to March 2017, this was:

  • a decrease of 5.7% across all theory tests
  • a decrease of 10.7% across all practical tests

During January to March 2018, car tests made up:

  • 89% of theory tests
  • 92% of practical tests

The number of practical vocational tests conducted for Large Goods Vehicles decreased by 9.5% when compared with January to March 2017.

At the end of March 2018, there were:

  • 39,248 Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) on the statutory register.

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Published 28 June 2018