With many sources now claiming the UK is in economic recovery a new report has shown that there has been an increase in young people learning to drive.
The figures were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and were reported by the Telegraph:
“Learner drivers have grown in number for the first time since 2008 according to official figures which suggest people now feel wealthy enough to take lessons and own a car.
Between April 2013 and March 2014 some 1,477,585 car practical tests were taken in the UK, a 2.9 per cent increase on the previous year following six years of decline.
The figures may point towards an increase in confidence due to the economic recovery, experts from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said.
Test numbers had previously decreased each year since 2007/08, adding up to a total reduction of 16 per cent over the past six years.
The new figures show that the number of car theory tests taken also rose by 23.9 per cent to 1,541,896 over the year, although many of these may have been resits due to changes to test questions in January 2013.”
Good news for younger drivers who have a little bit more money to spend on a car – rather than building up a tab with Mum & Dad’s Taxi Co.