The ‘DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics – January 2021’ report, containing statistics up to January 2021, is now available.
The publication is produced by the DVA Statistics Branch of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), and contains summary volumes on the vehicle, driver, and theory tests conducted by the DfI’s Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA). The publication is available on the DfI website at:
The key points in the report are:
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the DVA suspended all vehicle testing from 24 March 2020, and resumed testing in stages during June (IVA), July (priority groups incl. taxis and buses), and September (four-year-old private cars and motorcycles, three-year-old light goods, and all heavy goods). Temporary Exemption Certificates (TEC) were issued to those eligible vehicles that the DVA was unable to test.
In January 2021, the DVA conducted just under 34,300 full vehicle tests, an increase of 14,200 compared to December, and 45% of the 5-year January average prior to the pandemic. Since the reopening of testing in summer 2020, the DVA has conducted almost 118,000 full vehicle tests, which is 20% of the equivalent total in the prior year (577,000 tests). January also marked the return to testing of those vehicles which had previously received a TEC during early-2020.
Driving Practical Tests
Due to the restrictions set in place by the NI Executive, the vast majority of driver testing was suspended from the 23 December onwards, and is not expected to resume until March. Due to the nature of particular tests, off-road Motorcycle and certain LGV tests were able to continue during this period.
In January 2021, the DVA conducted only 119 driving tests, of which 91% were off-road motorcycle tests. Since the reopening of testing in summer 2020, the DVA has conducted just over 9,100 driver tests, which is approximately 27% of the equivalent total in the year prior (33,800 tests).
Driver Theory Tests
The DVA suspended all theory testing from 20 March 2020, and resumed on 6 July. Theory testing was again suspended from 26 December onwards, and is not expected to resume until March.
As such, no theory tests were conducted during January 2021.
Notes to editors:
- This is the fifth edition of the publication ‘DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics’, relating to data up to January 2021. The release is written, and issued by, the DVA Statistics Branch in the Department for Infrastructure.
- The release presents statistics on vehicle, driver, and theory tests conducted during January 2021, together with trend series over the previous five financial years.
- We source vehicle and driver data from administrative data sources within the DVA, whilst Pearson VUE supply the theory data.
- ‘DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics’ is published every month at pre-announced release dates, which are available from the GOV.UK website.
- Electronic copies of ‘DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics – January 2021’ can be downloaded from our website at: Driver and Vehicle Agency Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics.
- A detailed User Guidance document is also available on our website.
- This report supplements the existing quarterly National Statistics publication ‘DfI Driver, Vehicle, Operator, and Enforcement Statistics’. The quarter two edition of which was published 25 November 2020, whilst the quarter three edition is scheduled to be published 23 February 2021. The publication is available on our website at: Driver & Vehicle Agency Activity Statistics.
This is an Official Statistics publication and therefore follows the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. You can find further information about the Code of Practice at: Statistics Authority.
For further information, please contact:DVA Statistics Branch,
Driver and Vehicle Agency,
Annex 4, Belfast Test Centre,
66 Balmoral Road,
- Tel (press enquiries): 028 9054 0007
- Tel (public enquiries): 028 9054 7911 (Text relay prefix 18001)
- E-mail: DVA.Statistics@nisra.gov.uk
- Website: Driver & Vehicle Agency Activity Statistics
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