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Driving: Licensing

Transport written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the target times were for the completion of simple and complex medical investigations for the renewal of a driving licence in each of the last three years; and in what proportion of cases such targets were met in each such year.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Secretary of State has set targets for the completion of simple and complex medical investigations for the renewal of a driving licence. These are:

1) to complete 88 per cent of medical applications, where sufficient medical information is provided with the initial application, within 15 days; and

2) to complete 85 per cent of medical applications, where further information is required within 90 days.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, DVLA exceeded both of these targets each year. The table below shows throughput achieved in each year.

  2009 2010 2011
Simple 93% 96% 97%
Complex 93% 91% 91%

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