Flanders: fewer women want a driver’s license
The number of women who want to pass their driving tests has decreased in Flanders. Also, the number of practical exams went down. In 2017, 46,3% of those who took an exam were female. This share shrank to 40,5% during the first six months of 2020, according to figures from Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), requested by Member of Parliament Mercedes Van Volcem (Open Vld).
When we look at the practical exams, we see the same tendency. In 2017, the number of male and female candidate-drivers was equal, while this year, the number of female participants of a driving test is only 42,2%.
Van Volcem wonders why there are fewer women to take the test. “Maybe they don’t need a driver’s license? Or maybe there is an unknown reason for it.”
In 2017, 169 856 people took the theoretical test, while last year, there were far more: 183 949. The number of practical exams, however, decreased: from 144 727 in 2017 to 109 724 in 2019 (-24,2%). Also, the average age of people taking their exams is higher. In the first half of this year, it went up from 20 to 21.