Driving test pass rates above national average in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 07:21 14 May 2019

Pass rates in Weston are higher than the national average.

Pass rates in Weston are higher than the national average.

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More than half the people who take their driving test in Weston pass.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) show 56 per cent of all learners passed their practical test between April and December 2018.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46 per cent.

The Pavilion, in Birmingham, was the toughest test centre, with 30 per cent of drivers successfully getting their licences.

Overall, urban areas tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. Inveraray, in Scotland, has the highest pass rate, with 85 per cent.

Weston test centre conducted 2,698 tests over the nine-month period and 1,519 people passed.

Historically men have paid more for car insurance than women as they have more accidents, but the figures show they also have a higher pass rate.

At Weston test centre, 60.6 per cent of men gained their licence compared to 52.9 per cent of women.

A year ago, the driving test was changed, with learners now navigating for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explaining how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist their windows, while driving.

However, the new test did not bother drivers at Weston test centre.

In November 2017, under the old test, the pass rate was 56.7 per cent, less than the rate in November 2018, with the new test.

The number of first time passes in 2017-18 at the centre was 53.9 per cent of people taking their test for the first time passed, with 36 learners succeeding first time with no minor faults.

Drivers taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking their mirrors at the right time.

DVSA chief driving examiner, Mark Winn, said: "The driver testing and training regime tests candidates' ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.

"All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.

"We constantly monitor our examiner's performance so they conduct and assess driving tests in accordance with the standards set and includes the supervision of live tests."

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