Fewer youngsters take driving test

The number of young people taking their driving test has fallen by nearly a fifth since 2005, official figures show.

The soaring cost ofcar insurance for young drivers, running costs such as fuel and the price of driving lessons have been blamed for the drop among those aged 17 to 22.

The 19% fall in youngsters taking their driving test has also impacted on driving instructors, with 200,000 fewer students across the UK signing up for lessons.

A Government survey of young people who cannot drive found that two-thirds cited costs as the reason they had not learnt to drive.

Steve Garrod, of the Driving Instructors Association, said: "It's a shame because learning to drive is still one of the cheapest forms of adult education and one of the most worthwhile qualifications you can have."

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