The number of PDIs passing their Part 1 theory test in Q3 2015 rose by two-fifths on the previous year according to the latest government figures.
Between July and September 2015, there was a 40.4% change in the number of passes in Q3 2015 compared with the previous year with 882 passing their Part 1 theory test – a 56% pass rate.
Part 2 practical tests saw a 20.4% rise compared with the previous year with 650 passes, a 57% pass rate, while 348 passed Part 3, a rate of 35.7% and a 21.7% rise on Q3 2014.
As of September 2015, there were 40,667 ADIs on register, a 4.1% decline over last year reflecting the continued downward trend which the Department for Transport (DfT) said “may be linked to a reduced demand for instructors, related to what was until recently a reducing number of car practical test”.
During July to September 2015, 2,364 Standards Checks were conducted on ADIs, taking the total with a grade under the new standards to 13,750. Of these, 26.1% scored an A, 65.3% a B and 8.6% had failed.
Of 141 CBT instructor check tests conducted during July to September, 130 had a satisfactory result.
Meanwhile, 444,232 practical driving tests were conducted between July and September, a 4.7% rise over last year, while 571,688 theory tests were held - a 17.3% rise.
Almost 90% of these were car tests while the number of large goods vehicle practical and theory tests of all types was 34% higher than Q3 2014 which the DfT put down to “increased demand for drivers in the economy’.
Out of the 383,810 practical car test conducted, 181,110 passed – a rate of 47.2% - while there were 510,013 theory tests where 255,908 passed, a pass rate of 50.2%.