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Driving: Licensing

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) provisional and (b) full driving licences were issued in each year since 1998. (273836)

The number of provisional licences issued in each financial year since 1998-99 are:

Financial year

Provisional licences issued

1998-99

760,049

1999-2000

616,720

2000-01

685,921

2001-02

792,603

2002-03

867,626

2003-04

915,232

2004-05

906,523

2005-06

958,698

2006-07

1,002,386

2007-08

1,045,498

2008-09

954,204

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency does not record the volumes of how many drivers exchanged their provisional licence for a full licence. However, we do record the number of drivers who have passed their test, as follows:

Financial year

Number

1998-99

580,880

1999-2000

580,223

2000-01

605,661

2001-02

614,608

2002-03

651,566

2003-04

673,129

2004-05

779,440

2005-06

837,472

2006-07

831,545

2007-08

856,523

2008-09

873,539