Less than half pass driving test first time round

12.00 | 12 September 2016 | | 3 comments


Less than half of learner drivers passed their practical driving test at the first time of asking in 2015/16, according to new Government data.

The figures, published on 8 September by the DfT and DVSA, show that 731,925 ‘first time’ tests were taken, with a pass rate of 47.5%.

In terms of gender, 50.9% of males passed the test first time round, compared to 44.1% of females.

The Government is currently looking into ways to improve the driving test, and a public consultation on plans to improve the car driving tests closed at the end of August.

The proposed changes are designed to make the driving test a ‘better assessment of the candidate’s ability to drive independently in modern driving conditions’.

Among those taking the test for a second time, pass rates improved slightly. 48.4% of the 377,535 tests were passed, broken down as 51.8% male and 45.3% female.

The figures also show that there were 80,522 drivers who took their practical driving test for the sixth time. Of those, 38.4% passed, meaning just short of 30,000 would be motorists accumulated their sixth test failure.

In terms of age, 1,268 people aged 61 years or more took their driving test for the first time, with a pass rate of 42%. In the same age group, 443 people underwent their test for the sixth time, with 18.1% (80) passing.




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    Could it simply be that the candidate is probably ready for the test, but on the day, as with any performance related test, nerves take a hold?

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    No surprise! Learner drivers and their parents invariably want to buy cheap lessons and have no concern for the quality of the training provided by instructors. So they get what they pay for! Seemples!

    Russell Jones
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    The fact that the test is not fit for purpose is proved by the numbers of novice drivers who crash within a year of passing their test.

    The statistics cited here prove that the system of training is also not fit for purpose. The whole business of driver training desperately needs root and branch overhaul, and not the small tweaks that the DSA thinks are suitable.

    David, Suffolk
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