Significantly fewer driving tests were taken last year as young people are put off by the soaring cost of motoring, new data suggests.
The latest statistics from the Department for Transport show there were nearly 200,000 fewer tests in 2011, with 1,569,069 taking place between April 2011 and March 2012 compared with 1,762,148 between April 2007 and March 2008.
Even before you're spinning the tyres in your first motor, the cost of a licence and passing the theory and practical tests amounts to a hefty £143.
The RAC Foundation has also warned that the fall in driving test candidates could decrease people's chances of finding work.
"In real terms the cost of buying a car has never been lower than it is today but we are seeing fewer young people taking their tests. The number of 17 to 22 year-olds taking their driving test has fallen by 19 per cent since 2005," said Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation.
He added that data from the National Travel Survey showed that the cost of driving lessons, insurance and the car itself were the main reasons for the drop.
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