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  • A total of 2,641,590 Irish driving licences were held at the end of 2013, of which 9% were learner permit licences.

  • More than 105,000 driving tests were conducted in 2013 with an average pass rate of 51.8%.

  • Compared with 2012, the number of driving tests conducted in 2013 increased by 0.9%, the number on the waiting list at the end of the year decreased by 28% and the average waiting time for a test fell by 11%.

  • Almost 1.2 million (1,170,874) cars underwent the National Car Test (NCT) in 2013. Almost 47% passed the initial test while over 94% of cars passed after one or more tests.

 

 

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Table 2.1 Number of current driving licences by type in each licensing authority at 31/12/2013
     Number
Licensing authority Learner permit licences Annual licences Triennial licences10 year licences Total number of driving licences
      
County Councils      
Carlow3,3331413,14629,25635,876
Cavan3,685884,03134,46642,270
Clare5,0162347,41159,90872,569
Cork124,07786330,994252,840308,774
Donegal6,0913819,43678,68894,596
Galway111,19138813,887123,870149,336
Kerry6,4062049,76773,12289,499
Kildare10,5292008,922101,082120,733
Kilkenny4,6982525,34344,94955,242
Laois3,9261983,80234,52042,446
Leitrim1,361852,11016,09119,647
Limerick5,7592608,07869,51283,609
Longford1,975612,29818,20522,539
Louth5,7292106,05154,16366,153
Mayo5,5472828,33465,50679,669
Meath8,3202288,84588,119105,512
Monaghan2,5821203,73330,97737,412
Offaly3,8721803,96235,68943,703
Roscommon2,6611214,35232,09639,230
Sligo2,5371614,30232,90139,901
Tipperary North3,5711994,66735,64144,078
Tipperary South4,7881795,66342,69053,320
Waterford2,6351224,23532,57839,570
Westmeath4,1851844,65241,05150,072
Wexford7,1775409,05170,68087,448
Wicklow6,5522547,91466,35081,070
      
City Councils      
Dublin164,6181,97164,357519,507650,453
Limerick2,673943,03121,91527,713
Waterford2,640652,63422,07427,413
      
NDLS29,0636175,32016,73731,737
      
Total227,1978,882260,3282,145,1832,641,590
      
1 City and county      
2 NDLS - National Driver Licence Service    
Source: Road Safety Authority    
Table 2.2 Number of current driving licences by type and gender in each licensing authority at 31/12/2013
       Number
 Full licences Learner permit licences
Licensing authority MaleFemaleUnknownTotal MaleFemaleTotal
         
County Councils     
Carlow17,66214,880132,543 1,6951,6383,333
Cavan21,44817,137 38,585 1,7731,9123,685
Clare34,99432,559 67,553 2,4312,5855,016
Cork1153,036131,6529284,697 12,01512,06224,077
Donegal48,53439,971 88,505 3,0783,0136,091
Galway173,01365,132 138,145 5,5215,67011,191
Kerry45,17137,922 83,093 3,1973,2096,406
Kildare58,63551,569 110,204 4,9905,53910,529
Kilkenny26,17724,367 50,544 2,2712,4274,698
Laois20,84817,672 38,520 1,7942,1323,926
Leitrim10,0318,255 18,286 6666951,361
Limerick41,15936,691 77,850 2,8982,8615,759
Longford11,4649,100 20,564 9051,0701,975
Louth32,78227,641160,424 2,6773,0525,729
Mayo40,16133,961 74,122 2,7452,8025,547
Meath51,15546,037 97,192 3,8594,4618,320
Monaghan20,00614,824 34,830 1,2541,3282,582
Offaly21,95017,881 39,831 1,9281,9443,872
Roscommon19,95016,619 36,569 1,2891,3722,661
Sligo18,64518,719 37,364 1,2321,3052,537
Tipperary North21,75418,753 40,507 1,8381,7333,571
Tipperary South26,27522,257 48,532 2,3162,4724,788
Waterford19,79517,140 36,935 1,3461,2892,635
Westmeath24,69521,192 45,887 2,0452,1404,185
Wexford41,29438,977 80,271 3,5263,6517,177
Wicklow39,24335,275 74,518 3,1633,3896,552
    
City Councils    
Dublin1315,531270,304 585,835 30,27234,34664,618
Limerick13,87411,166 25,040 1,2871,3862,673
Waterford13,40011,373 24,773 1,2161,4242,640
         
NDLS212,60610,068 22,674 4,5004,5639,063
         
Total1,295,2881,119,094112,414,393 109,727117,470227,197
         
1 City and county        
2 NDLS - National Driver Licence Service       
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.3 Number of current full driving licences by age in each licensing authority at 31/12/2013
           Number
 Age (years) 
Licensing authority Under 1717 - 2021 - 2425 - 2930 - 3940 - 4950 - 5960 - 6970 - 7980 and overTotal
            
            
County Councils           
Carlow03901,5173,0347,9867,1295,6234,1672,10159632,543
Cavan06122,0753,7818,9907,9616,7335,1032,50083038,585
Clare01,1583,3385,95414,85114,88112,0749,5094,5291,25967,553
Cork104,61613,79025,14265,94961,61850,38238,10119,1835,916284,697
Donegal01,5394,7869,19720,04718,20715,00512,0376,0151,67288,505
Galway101,8616,60413,24934,34029,83523,77217,4928,5652,427138,145
Kerry01,2444,0497,56718,13416,86015,21512,1546,0531,81783,093
Kildare01,1034,3119,55927,45027,74819,86113,6275,2961,249110,204
Kilkenny07532,5024,49411,37710,7309,2336,8583,5011,09650,544
Laois04271,7293,6489,5188,5406,7694,7522,36177638,520
Leitrim03009731,7194,0113,6273,2762,5861,35743718,286
Limerick01,4084,0107,28418,27816,01113,61610,8205,0681,35577,850
Longford02769702,0064,8524,1113,4013,0341,46644820,564
Louth05562,4735,18214,31414,35410,7477,8703,8211,10760,424
Mayo01,3244,2497,65215,98113,95113,28510,6175,3981,66574,122
Meath01,1674,0898,12123,94524,15417,09511,8455,3551,42197,192
Monaghan06892,1073,6197,9106,6866,0594,8102,25869234,830
Offaly05231,9273,7979,4598,7226,9965,0562,59275939,831
Roscommon06321,9163,5677,8067,0196,6675,2822,74393736,569
Sligo06131,9343,4988,1187,2016,9325,4652,75385037,364
Tipperary North05401,9113,5909,0518,3567,2795,8072,9581,01540,507
Tipperary South06642,3554,50110,6219,9228,8816,7703,6541,16448,532
Waterford06211,9123,2278,0477,8436,6105,0602,77883736,935
Westmeath05752,0884,20310,98510,0938,2455,8662,92690645,887
Wexford01,2093,8637,08217,69017,47114,38710,8376,0811,65180,271
Wicklow08643,0425,89216,84417,41214,05610,1485,0111,24974,518
     
City Councils     
Dublin104,37819,42946,949147,133132,721105,76977,50739,28812,661585,835
Limerick02209292,2656,1515,0074,4833,4111,94962525,040
Waterford02319572,2236,3725,5374,2303,1121,64446724,773
            
NDLS201,1411,1301,4264,3914,3313,0172,1953,8321,21122,674
          
TOTAL 031,634106,965213,428570,601528,038429,698321,898163,03649,0952,414,393
            
1 City and county          
2 NDLS - National Driver Licence Service      
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.4 Number of current learner permit licences by age in each licensing authority at 31/12/2013
           Number
 Age (years) 
Licensing authority Under 1717 - 2021 - 2425 - 2930 - 3940 - 4950 - 5960 - 6970 - 7980 and overTotal
            
County Councils          
Carlow22752673583758303163542053,333
Cavan501,121788483661303161832963,685
Clare391,4731,02172995844419211534115,016
Cork11726,5434,5924,0075,2062,1259004121002024,077
Donegal741,8541,371943999449247984976,091
Galway1782,8142,2871,9382,504890418200491311,191
Kerry641,8621,3679941,1874792651285466,406
Kildare212,3602,1891,7092,5451,08440916441710,529
Kilkenny481,3489407478574202091012444,698
Laois281,010795638852344149822353,926
Leitrim144062791962401125844661,361
Limerick331,7381,1498631,1254532251284235,759
Longford1448044032339616793401661,975
Louth111,1681,2349981,298653238953135,729
Mayo501,8041,1678479463802061014245,547
Meath362,1681,8041,2671,7317943141544848,320
Monaghan40911538358382186102412042,582
Offaly47981850647752328167702733,872
Roscommon30825546385448213134462682,661
Sligo2275852939945721287581322,537
Tipperary North431,091730550637285128772463,571
Tipperary South341,30597274788243424912330124,788
Waterford29832519346452229137682032,635
Westmeath251,019907718865380158862074,185
Wexford531,8691,4941,1051,3586823691637687,177
Wicklow101,6661,3791,0711,3825872761373866,552
   
City Councils   
Dublin1189,72512,04312,81819,1706,9852,5071,0682513364,618
Limerick1444487541743282114471402,673
Waterford6461472461759309107511312,640
            
NDLS2872,2301,4741,4982,2279423871793279,063
            
TOTAL 1,19953,01845,03638,90952,77721,4549,1694,2131,212210227,197
            
1 City and county          
2 NDLS - National Driver Licence Service      
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.5 Number of current driving licences by age and gender at 31/12/2013
        Number
 Full licenceLearner permit licence
AgeMaleFemaleUnknownTotal MaleFemaleTotal
         
Under 1700 0 1,135641,199
17 - 2019,49812,136 31,634 28,31224,70653,018
21 - 2458,59248,373 106,965 20,40824,62845,036
25 - 29110,192103,236 213,428 18,05720,85238,909
30 - 39292,016278,5841570,601 25,12927,64852,777
40 - 49276,956251,0802528,038 10,87710,57721,454
50 - 59230,547199,151 429,698 4,0945,0759,169
60 - 69181,719140,179 321,898 1,3842,8294,213
70 - 7995,49667,540 163,036 2639491,212
80 and over30,27318,815749,095 68142210
         
Total1,295,2891,119,094102,414,393 109,727117,470227,197
         
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.6 Driving test statistics, 2008 - 2013
       Number and rate
 2008 2009 2010201120122013
Number of applications received362,163 144,670154,166147,108141,309139,381
Driving tests conducted388,3661125,8231116,825127,946104,302105,259
Applicant did not attend for appointment40,521123,874115,28820,11018,63219,621
Number on waiting list at end of year61,89842,40446,41926,90340,87929,252
Average waiting time for test at end of year9.5 wks 9 wks9.5 wks7.9 wks9.3 wks8.3 wks
Average pass rate57.2% 48.2%50.8%51.3%52.5%51.8%
Number of testers employed at end of year125130130114114113
         
1 Includes outsourced tests
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.7 Driving test pass rate by gender, 2008 - 2013
  Number and rate
Gender200820092010201120122013
 
Male181,42770,01065,72569,54856,76556,491
Pass104,88035,21434,99337,55331,67230,958
Fail76,54734,79630,73231,99525,09325,533
       
% pass57.850.353.25455.854.8
       
Female206,93955,81351,10058,39847,53748,768
Pass117,29125,51224,43528,14323,11123,587
Fail89,64830,30126,66530,25524,42625,181
   
% pass56.745.747.848.248.648.4
   
Total388,366125,823116,825127,946104,302105,259
       
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.8 Driving test pass rate by age group, 2006 - 2013
       Number and rate
Age category20062007200820092010201120122013
16 - 21 years        
Pass22,08225,43751,86817,62216,52223,55319,03919,658
Fail16,97417,81532,46617,42120,84117,96013,71514,578
Total39,05643,25284,33435,04337,36341,51332,75434,236
% pass56.558.861.550.344.256.758.157.4
         
22 - 25 years        
Pass20,44725,99850,94613,34010,00912,60110,42110,807
Fail15,17616,73229,37912,13211,31810,4028,3478,925
Total35,62342,73080,32525,47221,32723,00318,76819,732
% pass57.460.863.452.446.954.855.554.8
         
26 or over        
Pass40,63957,931119,35729,76430,86629,54225,32324,080
Fail43,42353,953104,35035,54427,26933,88827,45727,211
Total84,062111,884223,70765,30858,13563,43052,78051,291
% pass48.351.853.445.653.146.648.046.9
         
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.9 Number of tests conducted by the driver theory testing service, 2006 - 2013
      Number and rate
 20062007200820092010201120122013
         
No of tests conducted157,846169,600154,166132,893130,159110,18580,46583,620
% Pass Rate76.464.065.869.569.170.677.277.0
         
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.10 Waiting time for driving tests by centre, 2009 - 2013
    Number of weeks 
Test centreNumber of weeks waiting at driver testing centres at end of year 
20092010201120122013  
        
North Leinster
Dundalk1311987
Finglas910897
Mullingar1010887
Navan10111087
Raheny109897
South Leinster
Gorey91210109
Naas10126107 
Rathgar*108107 
Tallaght12116107
Tullamore101010117
Wicklow1210698
West
Athlone1011899
Birr9109109
Castlebar1011899
Clifden99688
Ennis9101098
Galway910898
Loughrea10107119
Roscommon119798
Tuam91091110
North West
Ballina1087108
Buncrana13991010
Carrick-on-Shannon118898
Cavan98897
Donegal810101111
Letterkenny1198107
Longford1287911
Monaghan1099109
Sligo128789
South East
Carlow1010899
Clonmel9107810
Dungarvan109789
Kilkenny99899
Nenagh1011101111
Portlaoise999910
Thurles10106911
Tipperary99899
Waterford910798
Wexford99798
South West
Cork1211898
Killarney109697
Kilrush1111797
Limerick99898
Mallow109886
Newcastlewest78799
Shannon87787
Skibbereen986109
Tralee88897
      
* Prior to 2010 Churchtown and Rathgar were amalgamated   
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

Table 2.11 National car test results by test centre for year ending 31/12/2013
       
Test centre PassFailPassFailTotalTotal
(initial test)(initial test)(re-test)(re-test)passestests
       
Abbeyfeale6,4466,5576,24956912,69513,003
Arklow10,21712,05410,5291,07420,74622,271
Athlone7,1698,2777,35072614,51915,446
Ballina6,2237,7157,08153713,30413,938
Ballinasloe5,4175,3954,85250010,26910,812
Cahir11,41813,22511,7451,02923,16324,643
Cahirciveen1,5081,7371,5531183,0613,245
Carlow10,04913,86912,0051,42622,05423,918
Carndonagh2,8122,7282,7502755,5625,540
Carrick-on-Shannon4,1296,3965,7096339,83810,525
Castlerea5,3747,7606,81175712,18513,134
Cavan5,0028,0717,36193612,36313,073
Charleville8,1236,9706,54851914,67115,093
Clifden1,3782,4092,1591933,5373,787
Cork-Blarney16,82719,54216,4301,70233,25736,369
Cork-Little Island29,71127,80525,4992,32255,21057,516
Deansgrange40,65940,56136,6723,83277,33181,220
Derrybeg2,2112,5662,4162114,6274,777
Donegal4,9414,4244,1884409,1299,365
Drogheda14,79613,62411,9841,10326,78028,420
Dundalk7,3989,1738,21099015,60816,571
Ennis11,39815,38813,8071,49325,20526,786
Enniscorthy12,67016,85014,8491,44027,51929,520
Fonthill37,62847,98239,0184,30676,64685,610
Galway20,02026,91724,1632,51144,18346,937
Greenhills25,05726,50925,6232,62250,68051,566
Kells11,35914,53512,5091,38523,86825,894
Kilkenny11,61110,6059,52470521,13522,216
Killarney8,4387,1386,65559315,09315,576
Letterkenny8,33210,6929,6531,07717,98519,024
Limerick19,52124,52221,9652,47041,48644,043
Longford5,9687,0136,24773812,21512,981
Macroom7,5327,2846,62751514,15914,816
Monaghan3,9787,2116,57492810,55211,189
Mullingar6,8838,8287,95383814,83615,711
Naas17,04621,74817,7922,10834,83838,794
Nenagh9,80810,4569,30178319,10920,264
Northpoint 124,30931,82327,4503,66551,75956,132
Northpoint 2 30,31736,53332,4603,75762,77766,850
Portlaoise9,1408,7038,03167817,17117,843
Skibbereen6,6497,2466,75651313,40513,895
Sligo6,9709,6728,69482115,66416,642
Tralee10,0378,2997,63459617,67118,336
Tullamore8,4427,9737,28360315,72516,415
Waterford15,11715,96114,0371,49529,15431,078
Westport8,7618,6838,09657416,85717,444
Youghal6,4056,2415,64948512,05412,646
Total545,204625,670556,45157,5911,101,6551,170,874
       
Source: Road Safety Authority

                                     

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