HGV test numbers on the rise
The number of drivers taking and passing HGV tests nudged upwards in the year to March 2014 but remained less than half the level of five years ago.
In the year to March, 44,937 category C+E and category C tests were taken, a 3% increase on 43,589 in the previous year. Of these 23,905 were passed, 5.3% up on 22,692 last year and representing a test pass rate of just over half. However, as recently as 2008/09 86,826 tests were being taken (C+E and category C), with combined passes at 39,220.
Separately, official data tracking the number of new drivers coming into the industry in a professional capacity via the Initial Driver CPC shows a yearly run rate since 2008/09 of just shy of 16,000 (HGV and PCV).
- This article first appeared in the 10 July issue of Commercial Motor. Why not subscribe today?