Official Statistics

Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: October to December 2015

The number of theory tests and driving tests taken between October 2015 and December 2015, pass rates, and the number of instructors.


Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: October to December 2015 tables

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Information on the number and pass rates of driving and riding practical tests conducted in Great Britain for the quarter October to December 2015, and also statistics on driving instructors.

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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.

During October to December 2015:

  • 423,000 practical and 523,000 theory tests were conducted, 90% being car tests
  • an increase of 13% for theory tests, but a 3% decrease in practical tests compared to October to December 2014
  • the number of Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) tests continued to rapidly increase
  • there were 22% more LGV tests compared to October to December 2014, reflecting the current high demand for professional lorry drivers

There were also notable increases in the amount of people taking motorcycle theory (up 17%) and car theory tests (up 12%) in comparison to October to December 2014.

The number of Approved Driving Instructors on the register followed the slow downward trend of recent years (now at 40,000), 13% less than there were four years previously.

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Published 10 March 2016