Posted by: Peter Schofield
Public Sector Information Holder: Driving Standards Agency
Information Asset: Driving Test Centres, Test Routes and Pass Rate statistics
The 'Find Your Nearest' function on direct.gov.uk provides links through to the DSA website - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/FindYourNearest/index.htm
It would be useful for this information to be made available via data.gov.uk - particularly driving test centre details, including test centre routes and the pass rates for each stage of driving examination. (This information does appear on the DSA results pages, but only for 2008/2009 at the time of writing. Throughput would be a useful measure too.)
My ideal solution
I would like to see this data released via data.gov.uk.
Test routes would be useful in a geoformat where they could be overlaid onto the recently released data from the Ordnance Survey.
Pass rates would be useful in a format where they could be sorted/filtered by percentage, etc.
The test centre general information such as appointment availability, addresses, etc. would be useful to add context to the routes/pass rates.
A more detailed breakdown of pass rates, throughput, demographics (M/F, age, etc.) for each centre would also be appreciated.
What I would do
It would be interesting to validate some of the caveats listed on http://www.dsa.gov.uk/content.asp?id=13105 against other publically-accessible datasets (ONS, etc.).
Mapping test routes would be useful to provide context for interested parties to understand the routes more clearly - whilst the PDFs provide this already in text format, they would be more immediately understandable as a map.