Do you know how many registered driving schools we have in the Czech Republic? Not 10,000, not 5,000, not even 3,000, but approximately 2,100, of which there are approximately 800 full-time (they successfully train at least more than 50 students per year)! Surprise? Read on, there are more interesting things.

Photo: Association of driving schools

There are approximately 800 full-time driving schools in the Czech Republic.

These approximately 2,100 domestic driving schools use M1/M1G and N1/N1G training vehicles, of which 3,907 are registered as of September 2023, of which 3,806 are in operation. about the driving school vehicles that we meet on the roads every day.

Namely, 3,691 operating training cars are registered in the M1 category, i.e. as passenger cars up to 3.5 tons. There are only 30 cars of the M1G category, i.e. personal off-road vehicles up to 3.5 tons, operated as part of driving school vehicles.

Photo: Michal Jirák

The registers of training vehicles are dominated by gasoline-powered cars up to 3.5 tons.

Trucks up to 3.5 tons don’t make any big numbers either, because there are only 70 N1 training vehicles in operation in the registers. As for N1G models, i.e. light off-road trucks up to 3.5 tons, there are exactly 15 of them in operation.

In terms of fuels, petrol dominates with 2,281 vehicles in operation for training vehicles up to 3.5 tons, of which 475 have liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 43 compressed natural gas (CNG) as alternative drive, while another 29 cars have CNG listed as main fuel.

Photo: Dalibor Žák

Did you expect that every second training car would run on LPG? No way, out of the total number of them in operation, only an eighth is on LPG. In relation to pure gasoline cars, less than a fifth.

An interesting fact is that 3 operating training cars were found that run primarily on gasoline and secondarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as 2 cars that have the alternative fuel ethanol.

Diesel is also popular, as 1,483 operating training cars up to 3.5 tons run on it. On the contrary, hybrids (petrol + electric) appear marginally in our driving schools, of which there are 3. As for pure driving school electric cars, according to the registers, there are only 7 of them.

Photo: Michal Jirák

The second most common fuel for training cars is diesel fuel.

We could laugh at electric cars in one breath, but their share in driving schools will gradually increase. There is a proposal in the European Parliament that group B should be awarded in full, regardless of whether the applicant completed the training/test in a manual/automatic car. The reason is simple – support for electromobility in driving schools.

It is very likely that this proposal will pass, so that even the person who would not otherwise pass the manual will get group B. However, we don’t think there will be any road apocalypse after all, because those who don’t like mechanical shifting will not (mostly) sit behind it. So let’s hope…