Though public transport can get you from one place to another, there's nothing like driving your own car. But before you hop behind the wheel, you have got to pass the test. We explore driving test pass rates and the change in vehicle registrations over time.
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Though public transport can get you from one place to another, there’s nothing like driving your own car. But before you hop behind the wheel, you’ve got to pass the test. The number of people taking their driving test and registering new vehicles has changed over time, as can be expected with the proliferation of private cars. But recent years have shown a slight decline in numbers. We explore driving test pass rates and these changes in registrations over time.
As private vehicles become more commonplace, a greater percentage of households have access to a car or van. And since 2002, more households have had access to two or more vehicles than no access at all.
Percent of Households with Access to Car or Van
Though there are more drivers on the road, the average distance travelled by car each year is down. After 15 years, the average car drove roughly 1,200 fewer miles in 2010.
Average Annual Mileage of 4-Wheeled Cars
In the mid-1970s, fewer than half of those eligible actually held a full driving licence. By 1998 that number had grown to roughly 71 percent, and has maintain roughly the same since then.
Percent of Eligible Population With a Full Driving Licence
Though there are millions of new vehicles registered for the first time each year, the number peaked in the early 2000s. Other than 2009, the latest data for 2010 is the lowest since 1996.
Total New Vehicles Registered
2010 2.4 million
The total number of applicants taking their driving test in Great Britain has fallen in recent years compared to a high in 2005/06. Though the number of test-takers in 2010/11 was up slightly from the year prior.
On average, fewer than 50 per cent of the test-takers pass the driving test in Great Britain. The pass rate has varied slightly over time, but men have a consistently higher pass rate than women.
SOURCE: TRANSPORT STATISTICS GREAT BRITAIN, DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT STATISTICS
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