Sky high costs putting thousands off taking driving test

MotorTrader April 15, 2016Latest News

Learner-driver-numbersIt seems there may be a lot fewer first-time motorists needing the services of those in the motortrade in the next few years with the news that the number of people taking driving test has taken a sharp drop

Recent government figures have revealed that the number of people taking tests has plummeted by 200,000 in the last five years.

Unsurprisingly, this drop has been attributed to the soaring cost of driving by the motoring group the RAC.

The Department for Transport revealed that in the period between April 2007 and March 2008, 1,762, 148 people took their practical driving test in the UK. The latest figures show that, between April 2013 and March 2014, 1,534,532, attempted to gain their full driving licence.

Motoring groups including the RAC, the AA and the Institute of Advanced Motoring believe these figures will have far-reaching consequences across the UK economy as whole. They feel it will be more difficult for people to find jobs and that this in rural areas will be the hardest hit.

Emma Radwanski from Dorset told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme that not being able to driving makes her life a lot more difficult. The 20-year-old lives eight miles outside Bournemouth, but can’t afford to pay for driving lessons, leaving her stranded in the Dorset countryside.

“It makes it a lot harder to get a job,” she said. “It makes it harder to go and see my friends and it makes it harder just to go and do anything like the cinema or shopping.”

It’s not just the £143 it costs to take the theory and practical driving tests, there are additional costs which are keeping many young drivers off the road, such high car insurance premiums, the soaring cost of fuel and the maintenance of the car, which includes servicing and MOT.

None of this bodes well for the already struggling motortrade sector, less newer drivers on the road means fewer new customers for car dealers, garages and valeters across the UK which is why you need to make your businesses cashflow go as far as possible and a great way you can do this is by comparing motortrade insurance quotes with our help!

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