Inverness, Scotland -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/25/2015 -- Statistics released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in March show that more driving tests are being taken in the UK than over the same period for 2013.
The latest statistics cover the period between October and December of 2014. During that time,393,025 practical driving tests were taken. This total includes all types of tests, that is to say car, bike, LGV and PCV tests. The number of tests taken represents an increase of 3.1% across the board than for the same time during 2013.
Of those nearly 400,000 driving tests, the vast majority were car tests, 90% to be exact. The number of practical car driving tests has risen by 5.1%, whilst the number of theory tests taken has risen by 7.9% over the same time.
In theory more driving tests translates into more drivers and, therefore, more car sales, and there is no doubt that there is some correlation between the two figures. Comparing historical pass data with car sales demonstrates the connection between the number of people taking their driving test and the level of car sales. However, despite the fact that the number of practical tests taken is up by 5.1% the pass rate has only gone up by 3.1% meaning that whilst more people are taking the test more people are failing.
This data means that the majority of cars for sale in Inverness, and much of the rest of the UK, will continue to be bought by older drivers rather than new drivers. However, it does appear that young people are prioritising taking their test and getting their driver's licence more that they once did. Many see having a licence as key to getting a job and having the flexibility to study where they can get the best education.
For the sellers of used cars the fact that more young people will potentially be entering the market is welcome news. As the average age of the population increases, their customer base is set to fall as people in their late 70s, 80s and 90s give up their licences. The DVSA believe that the upturn in the economy has also helped more people to be able to afford the lessons and tests fees, which has fed demand.
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