According to data released by Eurostat, prices for driving lessons and relevant services dropped by 1.6% in 2022 in Cyprus, while increasing in all other EU member states and by 4.8% overall in the EU. The increase in prices in 2022 is almost three times the rate of change observed in 2018, which was +1.7% compared to 2017. The annual average rate of change in prices was +1.6% in 2020, lower than in 2019 (+2.0%), but doubled in 2021, reaching +3.2%.
Among EU countries, the highest annual average rates of change in prices for driving services in 2022 were reported in Czechia (+19.6%), Bulgaria (+18.0%), Italy (+13.3%), Lithuania (+11.2%), and Poland (+11.1%). Cyprus was the only member country with a negative value (-1.6%) in the same year, with Croatia (+0.2%), Greece (+0.7%), and Ireland (+1.0%) recording the lowest positive rates.
Eurostat released the data on the occasion of the Commission's recent proposal for a comprehensive road safety package aimed at improving safety for all road users, including the introduction of a digital driving license that is valid in all EU countries. In 2018, the annual average rates of change varied between -2.2% in Lithuania and +7.1% in Hungary, and Cyprus recorded a 3.7% increase in prices for these services that year.