Driving Test Facts

Driving has become so much safer in the last 80 years. In 2008, there were 26.5 vehicles on the road and 2,500 people were killed. In 1928, there were only 2.4 million vehicles on the road and 7,300 people were killed.

During World War 2, the driving test was suspended. It did not resume until late 1946.

From December 2001, those who wished to take the driving theory test could book it online.

In 1935, there were no driving tests centres. This meant people had to meet the driving test examiner somewhere local.

It wasn’t until 1975 when candidates no longer needed to show they could use hand signals.

Mr Beere was the very first person to pass the driving test. He took the test in 1935 and he had paid the equivalent of 37.5 pence for it.

More than 46 million driving tests have been taken since 1935.

The driving theory test was first introduced in 1996. This replaced the questions about The Highway Code.

The pass rate decreased from 63% in 1935 to just 46% in 2009.

The first driving tests for automatic vehicles took place in 1969.

The Number of UK Drivers

In September 2020, there were approximately 49,395,00 driving licences registered with the DVLA. Just over 41,100,000 of these were full driving licences, and the remainder were provisional driving licences.