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 21 May 2010

Vehicle Enquiry from License Plate

Posted in: Driving Standards Agency | XML              

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Posted by: Andrew Spoor

Public Sector Information Holder: DVLA

Information Asset: Vehicle Enquiry from License Plate

The problem

The information I require is currently available through the following DVLA website form... http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk/EvlPortalApp/application?origin=vehicleEnquiryInfo_en.jsp&event=bea.portal.framework.internal.portlet.event&pageid=Vehicle+Enquiry&portletid=VehicleEnquiry&portletns=VehicleEnquiry_en&wfevent=link.next

My ideal solution

Is it possible to access this data through a live feed? XML for instance.

What I would do

Provide a facility for customers to lookup car details given license plate numbers. Primarily to facilitate spares ordering.

Posted at Friday, 21 May 2010 10:43:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 19 May 2010

Driving Test Centres, Test Routes and Pass Rate statistics

Posted in: Driving Standards Agency              

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Posted by: Peter Schofield

Public Sector Information Holder: Driving Standards Agency

Information Asset: Driving Test Centres, Test Routes and Pass Rate statistics

The problem

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.

Posted at Wednesday, 19 May 2010 10:45:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 15 July 2008

Driving theory test question set

Posted in: Driving Standards Agency | Trading Fund              

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Posted by: Anna Smith

Public Sector Information Holder: Driving Standards Agency

Information Asset: Driving theory test question set

The problem

To pass a driving theory test, you must answer 50 questions taken from the official Driving Standards Agency set of 1200+ questions. Unfortunately, the only way you can find out what these questions are is by paying for online access (e.g. £6.99 for 30 days' access to the DSA's official theory test site at www.theory-tests.co.uk), or buying an official book or DVD.

This is because the driving theory test question set is Crown Copyright and can't be reproduced by anyone except the DSA or its commercial partners.

While this brings in revenue for the DSA (a trading fund), it seems counter-productive to charge people money to learn how to use the road safely. Anecdotally, at least some people don't bother, and rely on guesswork to scrape through the theory test - ultimately making them less safe drivers.

There are also usability problems with the DSA's site. For example, once you've finished a practice test, you can't return at a later date to re-take the questions you got wrong. You can't search the questions. You can't refer to the relevant bit of the Highway Code alongside the answer to the question. And you can't practice the 'hazard perception' part of the test at all online - you have to buy a DVD. All these problems make it harder to learn to use the road safely than it should be.

My ideal solution

I would like the complete driving theory test question set to be freely available in a structured format. Ideally, the practice hazard perception clips should also be available.

What I would do

Work with others to build a usable site that offered unlimited free practice tests.

Posted at Tuesday, 15 July 2008 18:48:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #