1. Main facts and figures
- 74% of people aged 17 and over in England had a full driving licence on average in the 5 years 2014 to 2018
- White people were consistently the most likely to have a full driving licence out of all ethnic groups, and Black people were least likely to
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of people surveyed was too small to make reliable generalisations about specific ethnic groups. So estimates are shown for the following 5 broad groups:
- Asian/Asian British
- Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
- Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups
- Other ethnic group
2. By ethnicity
Summary of Driving licences By ethnicity Summary
National Travel Survey respondents complete both a:
- face-to-face interview
- 7-day travel diary
This allows the Department for Transport to link travel patterns with individual characteristics.
The survey includes around 16,000 people in 7,000 households in England every year. It covers travel by people in all age groups, including children.
The data on this page only includes people who answered the question about whether they held a full driving licence.
Weighting adjusts the results of a survey to make them more reliable and more representative of the general population.
For example, if 25% of a survey's respondents are women, it won't reflect the views of the general population.
National Travel Survey responses are weighted to take account of different population demographics. They’re also weighted to take into account people who didn’t respond or didn’t complete their travel diary in full.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Values of fewer than 100 people or 300 trips (before weighting is applied) have not been included in the data, because the numbers involved are too small to draw any meaningful conclusions.
For example, in the latest 5-year period, there were only 614 and 759 individuals in the 'Mixed' and 'Other' ethnic groups respectively, so the data does not support further detailed breakdowns as these estimates would be unreliable.
Where the size of the ethnic group population is small enough that an individual’s identity could be revealed, some other figures have also been excluded.
Figures are rounded to the nearest whole percentage. The percentages shown in the tables were calculated using unrounded figures.
Previous National Travel Survey reports are available.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Transport
Purpose of data source
The National Travel Survey is designed to:
- track long-term trends in personal travel
- inform the development of policy
It is the main source of data on personal travel patterns by residents of England.
The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel. It also covers factors affecting people's travel habits (such as whether they have a car and driving licence).
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, numerator, denominator, sample size