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Driving Licences and Driving Tests

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 91969, tabled on 13 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the numbers of people applying for a driving licence and (b) how many people have (i) passed and (ii) failed for each of the last five years.

Answered on

20 November 2020

Driver licensing and testing are devolved in Northern Ireland and are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Agency, part of the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure. The information provided is for licences issued and tests taken in Great Britain only.

The number of applications received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for a provisional GB driving licence for the last five years is:

Year

Number of first applications for a provisional driving licence received

2015

1,138,274

2016

1,111,904

2017

1,120,611

2018

1,032,193

2019

1,067,265

The number of GB car driving tests passed and failed in the last five years is:

Year

Tests passed

Tests failed

2015/2016

723,303

487,153

2016/2017

815,005

539,647

2017/2018

795,732

533,101

2018/2019

761,749

508,634

2019/2020

734,432

495,775

These figures relate to the number of tests taken. Individual drivers may sit more than one driving test.