Increasing number shun driving test

Monday, 12 December 2011

A worrying new trend could be set to affect drivers throughout the country, as the number of people who decide to opt out of taking a driving test is on the increase.

According to a new survey from, 13 per cent of people in the UK admit to knowing someone who drives regularly without first having obtained a driving licence.

This means that car insurance policyholders could be at higher risk of needing to make insurance claims on their own policy after being hit by uninsured drivers.

There were five per cent less tests sat in August of this year than there were in April.

Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at, said: "A new shocking trend is emerging where people no longer bother taking their driving test. As the price of car insurance increases, we are seeing that the rate of people taking driving tests is falling."

And drivers could be at bigger risk over the following months, after Manheim Auctions discovered that fewer than five per cent of drivers intend to buy winter tyres despite predicted heavy snow.

Posted by Noel Martin

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