How hard is it to pass your driving test in Salisbury?

How hard is it to pass your driving test in Salisbury?

Published at 1:07pm 26th April 2019. (Updated at 4:05pm 26th April 2019)

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New data has revealed just how hard it is to pass your driving test at the Salisbury test centre.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) show more than half of all learners (56%) passed their practical test there between April and December 2018.

That's a better figure than the rest of the UK. The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46%.

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

RESULTS FOR SALISBURY DRIVING TEST CENTRE:

  • 2,675 tests were conducted at Salisbury test centre over the nine-month period
  • 1,506 of those people passed
  • 56% of all learners passed their practical test
  • 60% of the men who took their test at the Salisbury centre gained their licence
  • 53.2% of the women who took their test at the Salisbury centre gained their licence
  • More than half of those taking their test for the first time at Salisbury test centre passed (50.8%), with 39 learners succeeding first time with no minor faults
Over half of all learners (56%) passed their driving test at Salisbury Test Centre between April and December 2018
Over half of all learners (56%) passed their driving test at Salisbury Test Centre between April and December 2018

TOUGHER DRIVING TESTS:

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

Overall built up 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%.

  • Just over a year ago the driving test was changed
  • Many observers say the new test is tougher than the old one

Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explain how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist their windows while driving.

However, the new test does not seem to have bothered rookie drivers at Salisbury test centre.

In November 2017, under the old test, the pass rate was 53.6%, less than the rate in November 2018, with the new test.

Data from the 2017-18 financial year shows the number of first time passes.

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. This includes the supervision of live tests."

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