In 2005, nearly 10 million people in the Netherlands had a driving licence. This is an increase by 2.7 million relative to 1985. Some 46 percent of people who passed their driving test are women, as opposed to 41 percent in 1985.
More women in the 45-64 age group and over-65s have a driving licence. In 2005, 81 percent women aged 45-64 held a driving licence compared to 49 percent in 1985. Among over-65s, 81 percent of men and 40 percent of women are in possession of a driving licence. In 1985, only 53 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 65 had a driving licence.
Proportion of driving-licence holders by age and gender