Official Statistics

Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: October to December 2017

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

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Driver and rider testing and instructor statistics: October to December 2017 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 October to December 2017, and also statistics on driving instructors.

During October to December 2017, there were:

  • 553,351 theory tests
  • 461,055 practical tests

Compared with October to December 2016, this was:

  • an increase of 1.6% across all theory tests
  • a decrease of 6.9% across all practical tests

Car tests made up 90% of theory and 91% practical tests during October to December 2017.

Comparing Large Goods Vehicle tests for October to December 2017 to the same period in 2016, there was:

  • a decrease of 11.6% in practical vocational tests
  • a decrease of 44.5% in practical CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) tests

Comparing Passenger Carrying Vehicle tests for October to December 2017 to the same period in 2016, there was:

  • a decrease of 22.5% in practical vocational tests
  • a decrease of 50.4% in practical CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) tests

At the end of December 2017 there were 39,259 Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) on the statutory register. This was:

  • a decrease of 0.5% compared to December 2016
  • a decrease of 13.5% compared to December 2012

In the same period, there were 2,424 approved Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) motorcycle instructors. This was:

  • an increase of 0.6% compared to December 2016
  • a decrease of 18.2% compared to December 2012

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Published 8 March 2018