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Driving Tests

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) took and (b) passed their driving test in (i) Ribble Valley, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each of the last five years. (253226)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: There are no driving test centres within the Ribble Valley.

The number of driving tests conducted by the Driving Standards Agency in Lancashire and where the result was a pass in each of the last five years for car, motorcycle, lorry and bus categories are:

Overall

Conducted

Passed

Percentage pass

Car

2007-08

38,149

17,889

46.9

2006-07

40,271

17,987

44.7

2005-06

41,616

18,138

43.6

2004-05

37,768

15,553

41.2

2003-04

31,661

13,300

42.0

Bike

2007-08

2,380

1,605

67.4

2006-07

2,115

1,380

65.2

2005-06

2,345

1,448

61.7

2004-05

2,432

1,535

63.1

2003-04

2,502

1,601

64.0

Lorry

2007-08

2,060

1,068

51.8

2006-07

2,232

1,156

51.8

2005-06

2,519

1,275

50.6

2004-05

2,415

1,222

50.6

2003-04

2,250

1,197

53.2

Bus

2007-08

220

134

60.9

2006-07

230

139

60.4

2005-06

265

141

53.2

2004-05

258

131

50.8

2003-04

314

166

52.9

The Driving Standards Agency is responsible for conducting driving tests within Great Britain. The Driver and Vehicle Agency is responsible for driving tests conducted within Northern Ireland. The number of driving tests taken and passed in Great Britain over the last five years for car, motorcycle, lorry and bus categories are:

Overall

Conducted

Passed

Percentage pass

Car

2007-08

1,769,860

783,632

44.3

2006-07

1,789,885

776,329

43.4

2005-06

1,827,381

777,817

42.6

2004-05

1,670,302

707,018

42.3

2003-04

1,399,385

598,347

42.8

Lorry

2007-08

70,766

32,779

46.3

2006-07

78,140

36,119

46.2

2005-06

88,815

40,247

45.3

2004-05

79,431

36,935

46.5

2003-04

66,832

32,598

48.8

Bike

2007-08

87,962

58,520

66.5

2006-07

77,007

50,112

65.1

2005-06

80,162

51,051

63.7

2004-05

77,897

50,063

64.3

2003-04

83,451

53,789

64.5

Bus

2007-08

10,331

5,203

50.4

2006-07

9,922

4,602

46.4

2005-06

11,698

5,210

44.5

2004-05

12,251

5,369

43.8

2003-04

10,083

4,591

45.5

Car driving tests conducted in Northern Ireland are shown in the following table. Data for other categories are unavailable.

Overall

Conducted

Passed

Percentage pass

2007-08

61,298

27,584

45

2006-07

61,173

28,751

47

2005-06

57,264

28,059

49

2004-05

41,547

19,942

48

2003-04

47,022

22,100

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