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Revealed: LGV Licence Test Pass Rates

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truck drivingThe DVSA recently released pass rates for large goods vehicles’ (LGV) licence tests across the country and what the data reveals is surprising. [1]

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

Town Sum of Pass rate (%) Compared with total UK average
York 91% 33%
Hereford 84% 26%
Newark 82% 24%
Abergavenny 80% 22%
Swansea 80% 22%
Taunton 79% 21%
Llanelli 79% 21%
Cheltenham 78% 20%
Welwyn 77% 19%
Ipswich 75% 17%

Bottom 10 town for male drivers

Town Sum of Pass rate (%) Sum of Compared to national figure
Garretts Green 42% -16%
Aldridge 42% -15%
Birmingham 42% -15%
Tamworth 42% -15%
West Bromwich 42% -15%
Wolverhampton 44% -14%
Featherstone 44% -14%
Peterborough 45% -13%
Grimsby 46% -12%
Leicester 48% -10%

Top 10 Towns for female drivers

Town Pass rate Compared with total UK average
Newark 94.7% 32.7%
Hereford 92.9% 30.9%
Coleshill 91.7% 29.7%
Wallace 87.5% 25.5%
Sunderland 85.7% 23.7%
Glasgow 85.2% 23.2%
Abergavenny 84.6% 22.6%
Elgin 83.3% 21.3%
Flint 83.3% 21.3%
Widnes 82.9% 20.9%

Bottom 10 town for female drivers

Town Pass rate Compared with national average
Peterborough 35.6% -26.4%
Grimsby 36.7% -25.3%
Cernafon 39.3% -22.7%
Aldridge 40.0% -22.0%
Birmingham 40.0% -22.0%
Tamworth 40.0% -22.0%
West Bromwich 40.0% -22.0%
Handsworth 45.9% -16.1%
Harlescott 47.2% -14.8%
Loughborough 47.8% -14.2%

Towns with most tests conducted

Town Total Tests Conducted Pass rate Compared with total UK average
Manchester 4998 49.4% -8.9%
London 4384 57.0% -1.3%
Featherstone 2770 45.1% -13.2%
Leighton Buzzard 2164 51.9% -6.4%
Leicester 2126 48.8% -9.5%
Guildford 2037 54.7% -3.6%
Kingswood 1970 60.5% 2.2%
Glasgow 1875 72.1% 13.8%
Watnall 1820 58.7% 0.4%
Garretts Green 1745 42.4% -15.9%

LGV Licence Points

Over 3,500 large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers have been disqualified for having too many points and 567 lost their licences by having more than 6 points within two years of passing their test, new data can reveal.

Crown Oil conducted a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA about LGV driver penalty points. LGV licences include both vans and lorries alike.

Shockingly, the DVLA’s stats show that 6,747 drivers have 3 or more points on their LGV licence, with half that number – 3,552 – having been disqualified for totting up too many points (this is known as TT99). 

The most common reason for points is speeding, with 45% of punished commercial vehicle drivers having points for an SP code. There were 8791 offences due to bad drivers being issued multiple codes.

This was followed by 10% of drivers being given points for insurance offences.

Startlingly, more drivers have 6 points than have 3 points on their licence, indicating being fined is a result of a pattern of behaviour, not an unlucky day!

Driving Offences by LGV drivers

Count Offences Code Percent of total
3,982 Speeding SP 45%
921 Insurance IN 10%
866 Careless driving CD 10%
706 Miscellaneous MS 8%
590 Traffic signal TS 7%
357 Failed to stop after an accident AC 4%
257 Construction and use CU 3%
124 Pedestrian crossing PC 1%
121 Drinking offences DR 1%
118 Licence offence LC 1%
72 Motorway offences MW 1%
71 Driving while disqualified BA 1%
13 Drug offences DG 0.15%
3 Dangerous drivers DD 0.03%

 

Points No. of licences
3 1,269
4 246
5 268
6 1,700
7 297
8 403
9 1,031
10 326
11 285
12 382
13 97
14 86
15 137
16 47
17 28
18 60
19 15
20 9
21 25
22 5
23 7
24 6
25 1
26 1
27 4
28 1
29 1
30 5
33 2
35 1
60 2
Total 6,747

The DVLA also revealed that with 1,231,000 LGV licences awarded since 2016, large vehicle drivers aren’t all that bad, with 99.4% of drivers having no points at all.

This is good news for road safety, because the Department for Transport revealed that there were 1,782 reported road deaths in the year ending June 2018. [2]

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