In 2015, 122,772 Belgian driving licenses were given out, 2.7% less than in 2014 and 10% less than in 2010. This is according to figures the Transport SPF gave the ‘De wereld vandaag’ program on Radio 1 on Friday.
A little more than half of driving licenses (56.7%) were given to people aged between 18 and 20. There has been a decline in the number of licenses given to 18 year olds (-10.3%) and 19 year olds (-15%) since 2010.
“This is because young people are living in town for longer once they have finished their studies, and sometimes stay there. They have less need for a car and use a bike or public transport”, says an expert from the Flemish Transport and Road Safety foundation (VSV – Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde). There are also less and less licenses given to people aged 70 or more (7 in 2015, compared to 35 in 2010 and 93 in 2005). “Twenty years ago, many widows wanted to get their license after their partner’s death. A generation later, most people aged 70 and more have already had their license for a long time”.