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Publication of 'DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics - October 2021

Northern Ireland Executive
19 Nov 2021, 22 GMT+10

The 'DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics - October 2021' report, containing statistics up to October 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:

Key Points

The key points in the report are:

Driving Practical Tests

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, driver testing was able to resume from 23 April 2021 onwards.  Due to the nature of particular tests, off-road Motorcycle and certain LGV tests had been able continue prior to this period. The DVA driver testing booking system opened to all customers in the first week of May 2021.

In October 2021, the DVA received 7,180 applications for a driving test appointment. This is just over 500 (8%) less than in September (6,661), and 23% (1,347) above the five year October average (5,833).

The DVA conducted 5,772 driving tests in October, 669 (10%) fewer compared with September (6,441), and 24% above the five year October average (4,651).

Private cars accounted for 81% (4,678) of all driving tests conducted in October.

Driver Theory Tests

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, theory testing was able to resume from 23 April 2021 onwards. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) took over the contract for theory testing from Pearson on 4 September 2021. With the administrative system in transition, figures for applications for August to October, and tests conducted for October were not validated in time for publication. They will be included in our published series at the earliest opportunity. September theory tests conducted figures are provisional.

The DVA conducted 4,499 theory tests in September 41% (3,141) below that for August (7,640). The transition to a new service provider (DVSA) may help to explain the drop in theory tests conducted for September.

Private cars account for 88% (3,959) of all theory tests conducted in September.

Vehicle Testing

Following the initial 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).  The DVA was able to continue testing throughout the winter 2020 lockdown, albeit with a reduced capacity due to social distancing measures.  Temporary Exemption Certificates (TEC) were issued to those eligible vehicles that the DVA was unable to test.

The DVA received 95,555 applications for a full vehicle test in October, just over 1,902 (2%) more than September (93,653). This increase in applications is partly due to Test Exemption Certificates issued in March 2021, expiring and requiring owners to present their vehicles for MOT.

In October 2021, the DVA conducted 73,554 full vehicle tests, just over 28% (16,327) higher compared with September (57,227), and 6% above the five year October average (69,531).

Private Cars accounted for 82% (60,180) of all full tests conducted during October.

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