Canadian for UK License Exchange Statistics

Mr. S. Strudwick made this Freedom of Information request to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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From: Mr. S. Strudwick

31 July 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please send me information with regard to the following 3 questions

1) For the past 3 years, please state the number of Canadian
Driver's licences that were exchanged for UK Driver's licenses,
broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original licence
was issued

2) For the past 3 years, please state the number of UK driver's
licences bearing restrictions confining licence holders to
automatic transmission vehicles, issued in exchange for a Canadian
licence, broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original
licence was issued.

3) For the past 3 years, please state the number of complaints that
the DVLA has received in regards to the issue of exchanging
Canadian driver's licenses for UK driver's licences

Yours faithfully,
Mr. S. Strudwick

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Mr. S. Strudwick left an annotation (31 July 2009)

Quote-marks so far just checking on the reciprocity of the licensing regulations.

UK -> Canada is super easy by they way. move. pay a *small* fee (same as local province's renewal fee). you get your license.

Unfortunately going the other way Canadian license holders are subject to a restriction allowing them to only drive automatic vehicles unless they can prove they took their test on a standard transmission vehicle.

Hopefully the answer will shed some light on just how this relationship actually works.

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25 August 2009


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Dear Mr Strudwick

I am writing in response to your request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

You asked:

1. For the past 3 years, please state the number of Canadian Driver+IBk-s licences that were exchanged for UK Driver+IBk-s licence, broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original licence was issued.

This information is not held. DVLA does not hold information on Canadian Provinces but can provide the total number of Canadian licences exchanged for a GB one.

2006 - 17,947
2007 - 8,397
2008 - 10,393
2009 (to 14 August) - 9,786

2. For the past 3 years, please state the number of UK driver+IBk-s licences bearing restriction confining licence holders to automatic transmission vehicles, issued in exchange for a Canadian licence, broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original licence was issued.

This information is not held. Again, DVLA does not hold information on Canadian Provinces but the following figures relate to the total number of Canadian driving licences exchanged for a GB one, categorised by manual and automatic transmission.

2006 Manual - 6,737
2006 Automatic - 11,210

2007 Manual - 2,514
2007 Automatic - 5,883

2008 Manual - 2,765
2008 Automatic - 7,628

2009 Manual - 2,886
2009 Automatic (to 14 August) - 6,900

Canadian licences do not distinguish between manual and automatic entitlement. Canadian licence holders therefore wishing to have full manual entitlement on a British licence must submit documentary evidence from the relevant Canadian authorities showing that a test in a manual transmission vehicle has been passed.

3. For the past 3 years, please state the number of complaints that the DVLA has received in regards to the issue of exchanging Canadian driver+IBk-s licences for UK driver+IBk-s licences.

This information is not held. From July 2007 DVLA introduced a system for collating complaint statistics under the heading +IBg-Entitlement issues due to Foreign Exchange+IBk and 43 complaints have been received. However the Agency does not record what countries were involved.

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If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Please see attached details of the complaints procedure and your right to complain to the Information Commissioner.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact DVLA using the details above. Please remember to quote the reference above in any future communications

Yours sincerely,

FOI - DVLA

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please send me information with regard to the following 3 questions

1) For the past 3 years, please state the number of Canadian
Driver's licences that were exchanged for UK Driver's licenses,
broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original licence
was issued

2) For the past 3 years, please state the number of UK driver's
licences bearing restrictions confining licence holders to
automatic transmission vehicles, issued in exchange for a Canadian
licence, broken down by the Canadian Province in which the original
licence was issued.

3) For the past 3 years, please state the number of complaints that
the DVLA has received in regards to the issue of exchanging
Canadian driver's licenses for UK driver's licences

Yours faithfully, Mr. S. Strudwick

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