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Revealed: LGV Licence Test Pass Rates

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The DVSA recently released pass rates for large goods vehicles’ (LGV) licence tests across the country and what the data reveals is surprising.

Here at Crown Oil, we decided to look at recently-released DVSA statistics for 2018, on average, female LGV students pass at a higher rate than their male counterparts – nationwide female pass rates were at 60%, compared to male pass rates for the UK, which were at 57.9%.

However, the research also shows that males take the tests more than ten times than females, so despite their lower pass rates, licenced-male HGV drivers will outnumber their female colleagues by 10 to 1. Still, compared to ten years ago, the number of females taking the LGV licence test has increased threefold, from 2077 tests in the 2007-2008 period.

What is an LGV licence?

Not to be confused with Light Goods Vehicles – which are vans – an LGV licence (Large Goods Vehicle) can refer to an HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle), so large trucks and lorries, as well as vans, box trucks and tippers.

There are four categories of an LGV licence:

Category C+E – The highest LGV category licence that qualifies its holder to operate the largest HGVs – that is trucks with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of above 7.5 tonnes and trailers heavier than 750kg.

Category C – This is the most popular LGV licence that qualifies its holder to operate smaller trucks that you see on the roads most often.

Category C1+E – This LGV licence covers vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes with trailers of 750 kg or more. This licence category includes large cargo van with a utility trailer or a smaller tipper truck built on a standard truck chassis.

Category C1 – This is the lowest class of LGV licence that qualifies its holder for vans and small box trucks. This licence does not allow holders to tow trailers.

 

Top 10 towns for male LGV tests

TownSum of Pass rate (%)Compared with total UK average
York91%33%
Hereford84%26%
Newark82%24%
Abergavenny80%22%
Swansea80%22%
Taunton79%21%
Llanelli79%21%
Cheltenham78%20%
Welwyn77%19%
Ipswich75%17%

 

Bottom 10 town for male drivers

TownSum of Pass rate (%)Sum of Compared to national figure
Garretts Green42%-16%
Aldridge42%-15%
Birmingham42%-15%
Tamworth42%-15%
West Bromwich42%-15%
Wolverhampton44%-14%
Featherstone44%-14%
Peterborough45%-13%
Grimsby46%-12%
Leicester48%-10%

 

Top 10 Towns for female drivers

TownPass rateCompared with total UK average
Newark94.7%32.7%
Hereford92.9%30.9%
Coleshill91.7%29.7%
Wallace87.5%25.5%
Sunderland85.7%23.7%
Glasgow85.2%23.2%
Abergavenny84.6%22.6%
Elgin83.3%21.3%
Flint83.3%21.3%
Widnes82.9%20.9%

 

Bottom 10 town for female drivers

 

TownPass rateCompared with national average
Peterborough35.6%-26.4%
Grimsby36.7%-25.3%
Cernafon39.3%-22.7%
Aldridge40.0%-22.0%
Birmingham40.0%-22.0%
Tamworth40.0%-22.0%
West Bromwich40.0%-22.0%
Handsworth45.9%-16.1%
Harlescott47.2%-14.8%
Loughborough47.8%-14.2%

 

Towns with most tests conducted

 

TownTotal Tests ConductedPass rateCompared with total UK average
Manchester499849.4%-8.9%
London438457.0%-1.3%
Featherstone277045.1%-13.2%
Leighton Buzzard216451.9%-6.4%
Leicester212648.8%-9.5%
Guildford203754.7%-3.6%
Kingswood197060.5%2.2%
Glasgow187572.1%13.8%
Watnall182058.7%0.4%
Garretts Green174542.4%-15.9%

 

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/large-goods-vehicle-driving-test-data-by-test-centre

 

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