This publication presents information on the number and pass rates of driving and riding tests conducted in Great Britain to 31st March 2012 (covering the whole of the 2011/12 financial year).
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.
A supplementary bulletin will be released in July. This will contain more detailed tables providing breakdowns of test passes by age of candidate and number of test attempts.
- A total of 427,491 tests were conducted across all practical test categories (excluding ADI tests) between January and March 2012 (Q4 2011/12). This represents an overall decrease of 9.9 per cent in comparison with the same quarter in 2010/11.
- In total, around 1.74 million practical driving / riding tests (excluding ADI tests) were conducted during 2011/12, down by 1.3 per cent from the 1.77 million tests conducted during 2010/11. However, the 2011/12 total was higher than the 2009/10 total of 1.68 million.
- The practical car test pass rate has increased slightly from 44 per cent in 2007/08 to almost 47 per cent in 2011/12.
- It is likely that the prevailing economic situation has led to fewer people undertaking commercial vehicle tests. The number of large goods vehicle tests fell from 70,766 in 2007/08 to 46,549 in 2011/12. The corresponding figures for passenger carrying vehicles were 10,331 in 2007/08 and 8,456 in 2011/12.
- At the end of 2011/12, there were 46,569 approved driving instructors on the Register. Of these, over 99 per cent scored a grade four or better at their last check test.
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Information on Driver and Rider Test and Instructor statistics, including the pre-release access list, and related technical documentation can be found here.