The ‘DVA Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics – December 2020’ report, containing statistics up to December 2020, 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:https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/articles/driver-and-vehicle-agency-monthly-tests-conducted-statistics
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 including 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 December 2020, the DVA conducted just under 20,100 full vehicle tests, a decrease of 2,600 compared to November, and only 40% of the 5-year December average prior to the pandemic. In 2020, the DVA conducted approximately 217,000 full vehicle tests, which is 23% of the equivalent total in 2019 (962,000 tests).
Driving Practical Tests
Similarly, all driver testing was suspended from 20 March 2020. Testing resumed on-and-off for the summer and autumn, due to the restrictions set in place by the NI Executive. For December, the DVA was able to conduct driver testing between the 11th and 23rd of the month only.
In December 2020, the DVA conducted nearly 2,000 driving tests, an increase of 700 compared to November. This is 47% of the 5-year December average prior to the pandemic, albeit over a shorter period due to the restriction of testing. In 2020, the DVA conducted over 21,300 driving tests, which is 37% of the equivalent total in 2019 (57,200 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.
During December 2020, the DVA conducted over 2,600 theory tests, a decrease of 57% compared to November, and 48% of the 5-year December average prior to the pandemic. In 2020, the DVA conducted approximately 45,200 theory tests, which is 63% of the equivalent total in 2019 (almost 72,200 tests).