Driving Tests

Transport written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average waiting time for a driving test was in each year since 2010.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The average waiting time for a driving test (measured in weeks) in each year since 2010 was:

Vehicle Type 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Car 7.9 6.5 6.2 6.2
Motorcycle Mod 1 3.4 2.5 3.4 2.0
Motorcycle Mod 2 3.9 3.1 3.5 2.2
Vocational 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.8
ADI part 2 13.4 3.6 3.8 3.8
ADI part 3 1 4.3 4.1 3.9
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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency measures the average waiting times by financial year not calendar year. The waiting times for Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) part 2 and part 3 tests were not measured separately until 2011-12.

For 2010-11 and 2012-13 all waiting times were service standards and for the 2011-12 and 2013-14 they were internal measures. The targets (in weeks) are included in the following table.

Vehicle Type 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Car 6.0 7.7 6.0 6.0
Motorcycle Mod 1 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Motorcycle Mod 2 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Vocational 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
ADI part 2 and part 3 3.0 6.0 3.0 6.0

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