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Driver Numbers

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of drivers aged (a) 18 to 21 and (b) over 60 years in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) 2005 expressed (A) as a number and (B) as a proportion of the driving population. (87361)

The following table gives the number of people aged 18 to 21 and over 60 who hold a full driving licence and the proportion of the total number of licence holders in these age groups in 1985-86, 1989-91 and 2004, based on data from the National Travel Survey.

No survey was undertaken in 1980. Only aggregated information is available for 1989-91. Figures for 2005 are not yet available.

Number of full driving licence holders and proportion of total licence holders aged 18 to 21 years and over 60 years

1985-86

1989-91

2004

Estimated number of licence holders (million)

18-21

1.6

1.9

1.1

Over 60

4.1

4.9

7.0

Percentage of total number of licence holders

18-21

7

7

3

Over 60

17

18

22