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Driving: Licensing

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of people driving on UK roads without (a) insurance, (b) a valid MOT certificate and (c) a valid provisional or full driving licence. (227076)

Our latest estimate (2005) for uninsured driving is based on a comparison of the vehicle register, maintained by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the motor insurance database. The estimate is about 2.1 million licensed vehicles (about 6.5 per cent. of the UK total) are being driven by uninsured drivers. Measures introduced to tackle uninsured driving include police powers to seize vehicles used on the road uninsured, and improved police powers to access information contained in the insurance industry's database. The Road Safety Act 2006 introduced a new offence of being a registered keeper for which there is no valid motor insurance. Further regulations are required to bring the provisions into force and the detail of this scheme for continuous insurance enforcement will be subject to consultation later this year.

The most recent results of the “on the road” compliance survey, published in 2006, showed that around 4.2 per cent. of vehicles in use on the road did not have a valid MoT. When applied to the whole vehicle fleet this would amount to around 1.2 million vehicles. The exercise was repeated this year but the results are not yet available. To improve compliance with these requirements the police have access to the computerised record of MoT test results so that officers can identify vehicles without a valid MoT, when using for example ANPR cameras, and then take action. The ‘newstyle' MoT certificates come with a peel off and display sticker setting out the MoT expiry date as an aid to motorists.

The most recent estimate of the number of drivers using a vehicle on the road without a valid driving licence is 1.6 per cent. Full details are available in the report on the National Driver and Vehicle Compliance Check 2006. The report was published on 8 September 2006, and placed in the House of Commons Library. It is also available at:

www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/vehicles/roadspolicingoperationv79.

Provision to the Police of 24 hour access to accurate and up to date driver licensing information (including a photograph where appropriate) at the roadside has assisted detection and enforcement. There are also good IT links between the DVLA and the courts to assist in effective prosecution of offenders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people passed advanced driving tests in each region of England and Wales in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) 2008 to date. (227153)

Advanced driving assessments are offered on a voluntary basis by some private organisations.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) does not collect statistics on how many drivers have undertaken or passed such assessments.