Facts and Figures: Driving Licences and Checks

• In 2015 there were approximately 36.5 million vehicles licensed for use on roads in Great Britain, including:-

- 30.2 million Cars, 
- 3.6 million Light Goods vehicles, 
- 483,000 Lorries (LGV’s), 
- 154,000 Buses & Coaches (PCV’s), 
- 1.3 million Motor Cycles and 
- 708,000 other vehicles. 

• 38.4 million Drivers in the United Kingdom hold a full licence of some type to drive a vehicle and will have received instruction and training for this vehicle as well as passing a driving test.

• For the period April 2015 – March 2016, over 1.5 million car drivers took their test with 727,000 (48%) of them passing.

• In the past year (2015/16) the number of LGV tests is 21% up on the same period for the previous year.  The increase in the numbers of LGV drivers taking the test is attributed to the improving economic conditions and the drive by the transport industry to recruit new drivers to replace those ageing and retiring.

• In 2015 there were over 268,000 reported accidents (735 a day), and 2.9 million (7,945 a day) car insurance claims.   More than 25% (725,000) of these accidents involved a person driving in the course of their employment at the time of the accident. 

• At any time during the day or night there will be a significant number of employees driving on behalf of their employer, whether in a company car, van, lorry, minibus, bus or coach. 

• Since the DVLA withdrew the paper counterpart for the driving licence in June 2015, the number of enquiries to the View Driver Licence service has increased to over 1 million per month. 

• In the case of vocational drivers (LGV, PCV) their entitlement to drive is subject to a medical fitness and Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirement.  Their vocational entitlement expires after 5 years unless this is renewed.