During April to June 2016, the number of driving tests increased across all vehicles types in comparison to the same quarter in 2015. There were 579,136 theory and 450,748 practical tests conducted during April to June 2016 - an increase of 10.7% and 3.0% respectively on the year before.
Large Goods Vehicle tests continued to see the largest increase with tests leaping up 14.1% since the same period last year.
The number of theory tests conducted is up overall by 10.7% but pass rates have fallen by an 1.63 percentage points on this period last year. On practical tests there has been an increase of 3.5% in tests conducted and the pass rate has moved up 1.3 percentage points to 49.5%. DIA spoke to Pearson Vue recently about trends in theory pass rates and one explanation given for pupils continuing to struggle with the test was their insufficient knowledge of the Highway Code and poor prepraration for this aspect of the test, whereas on Hazard Perception elements most candidates fare much better.
Standards Check pass rates have remained steady with around 29% achieving the A grade, 69% gaining a B and a failure rate of 1.5%.
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