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Driving: Licensing

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what monitoring processes his Department and its agencies use to ensure equality of opportunity for members of ethnic minority groups (a) applying for provisional driving licences and (b) applying to take the driving test. (256534)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) does not monitor the ethnicity of applicants for a provisional driving licence.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) completed an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) on the processes for applying to take a driving test in January 2008. This confirmed they were not influenced by ethnicity or race.

DSA’s driving test booking processes are validated annually via a ‘mystery shopping’ exercise. This ensures the assessment is undertaken anonymously and independently by independent researchers. This survey is undertaken to ensure that the processes validated by the EIA are performed correctly and fairly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licence change of address notifications were received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 2008. (258218)