Today in the German news, it got brought up that driving schools in Germany are on the downward trend....with around 700,000 driving schools existing around all of Germany. If you went back a decade ago....it was near almost a million such schools around Germany.
It's one of the aspects of German culture that most Americans don't come into contact with. If you come to Germany within the military.....you get a day-long orientation class, and a handbook....then a couple of days later, a test (two-parter). If you pass....you get a military license to drive in Germany and Europe. So most of us never had to deal with the German driving schools.
In my former village around K-town, we had one single driving school in the village....run by a guy in his fifties. You can figure that every kid that came in....had to pay in the range of 1,000 to 1,500 Euro.....and some even more if they missed some understanding of the rules.
There would be a couple of evening classes....a handbook....and then a dozen-odd hours of driving (in urban areas and the autobahn). After that, you take the test, and if you pass....you are fixed up for the rest of your life.
What is generally said about the decreasing number is that rural communities are seeing fewer and fewer teens....so the business model that you had for seventy-odd years in Germany is rapidly changing. Schools in urban areas are generally still surviving.