The coronavirus pandemic severely hampered the number of tests carried out. In the 12 months to March 2021, just under 440,000 tests were conducted, with half of drivers (217,000) passing, according to data sourced from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
The most recent figures available for this year, covering the six months from April to September 2021, shows a big increase in the volume of tests carried out.
Some 700,000 tests were completed, again with about half (350,000) of drivers passing.
A DVSA spokesperson said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.
“All candidates are assessed to the same standard and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”
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