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Driving Tests

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport how many driving tests were conducted during 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979, distinguishing the numbers of tests conducted for car drivers and for motor cyclists in each of these years.

I regret that separate figures for car drivers and motorcyclists are not available. The total numbers of tests conducted during these years were:

19761,882,725
19771,767,828
19781,632,243
19791,569,641
The numbers of tests conducted in 1978 and 1979 fell far short of demand. This occurred largely because the number of examiners had been allowed to fall to an unacceptably low level; this is now being put right by my right hon. Friend's recruitment campaign.

asked the Minister of Transport what is the proportion of (a) male and (b) female drivers that pass the driving test for the first time.

Periodic sample surveys of driving tests indicate that, for candidates taking their first test, the average pass rate for men is about 48 per cent., and for women 34 per cent.