24% price hike for driving licences
CS) Average prices to obtain a category B driver's licence in Luxembourg have risen by 24%, after the government lifted a 48 euro price cap in July 2011.
A study commissioned by the Luxembourg consumer union ULC, consulting 27 driving schools across the country, found that the average price for both theoretical and practical lessons had increased, bringing the price for a licence up from 912.80 euros to 1,170.50 euros.
While several driving schools opted to offer special package deals, such as a fixed fee for the theoretical part, others even asked for increased prices for driving lessons on weekends or the evening. Some asked for special tariffs for the practical exam.
Prices varied across Luxembourg's cantons, with Esch/Alzette and Luxembourg the most expensive. While it might be expected that competition drives prices down, areas with more driving schools tended to also be more expensive.
In July 2011 the price cap on drivers' licenses was lifted to accommodate higher fuel prices and a general rise in costs for the driving schools.
With no price changes between 2007 and 2011, the Observatoire de la formation des prix (OFP), which conducted the study, said an adjustment of prices was indeed justified. However, the OFP criticised that an increase of 15% would have been sufficient to cover the rise in costs.
On average, two thirds of the money paid for a driving lesson go towards the teacher's salary, with the rest spent on car maintenance. Fuel makes up only around 5% of the final sum.