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1. Main facts and figures
overall, 73% of adults in England held a full driving licence between 2011 and 2015
White people were more likely to hold a full driving licence than any other ethnic group, and Black people were least likely to
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of people surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 5 broad groups:
- Asian/Asian British
- Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
- Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups
- Other ethnic group
2. Driving licence holders by ethnicity
Summary of Driving licences Driving licence holders by ethnicity Summary
The denominators are the weighted number of people aged 17 and over in the National Travel Survey (NTS) in each ethnic group. The numerators are the weighted number of people aged 17 and over in the National Travel Survey who held a full driving licence in each ethnic group.
Only people who gave a valid answer to the question of whether they held a full driving licence are included in the data.
The NTS data collection consists of a face-to-face interview and a 7-day self-completed written travel diary, allowing travel patterns to be linked with individual characteristics. The NTS covers travel by people in all age groups, including children.
In 2013, the survey coverage changed from sampling residents of England, Wales and Scotland, to residents of England only. Approximately 16,000 individuals, in 7,000 households in England, participate in the NTS each year.
Responses are weighted to take account of different population demographics, but are not grossed to England totals.
Statistics from the NTS were assessed during 2010 by the UK Statistics Authority. An assessment report (PDF opens in a new window or tab) was published in October 2010. The statistics were confirmed as National Statistics in July 2011.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Any cells with fewer than 100 unweighted individuals, or 300 unweighted trips, have been suppressed. This is for reasons of reliability, as the data is not disclosive in this aggregated form.
For example, in the latest 5-year period, there were only around 700 and 900 individuals in the 'Mixed' and 'Other' ethnic groupings respectively, so the data does not support further detailed breakdowns, as these estimates would be unreliable. The combined totals for all ethnic groups include people who did not state which ethnic group they belonged to.
Figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage.
Previous reports are available at the National Travel Survey
Further technical information
Full methodological details for the NTS are available in the annual Technical Report (PDF opens in a new window or tab)
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Transport
Purpose of data source
The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a household survey designed to monitor long-term trends in personal travel and to inform the development of policy.
It is the primary source of data on personal travel patterns within England, Scotland and Wales by residents of England.
The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel as well as factors affecting travel (for example, car availability and whether people hold driving licences).
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, denominator, numerator, sample size