A 28-year-old woman from Southwark has spent £3,410 sitting her theory test 110 times and is still yet to pass her test. After that, she then has to attempt the practical test.
Although no learner has come close to this incredible number of theory test attempts there a number of learners who have taken significant attempts to pass. A 41-year-old from Birmingham passed on his 80th attempt whilst a 27-year-old man from Pembrokeshire failed 64 tests and a 46-year-old male from Reading failed 61 times.
Figures from a Freedom of Information request to the DVSA also showed that even when learners managed to pass the theory test, they still struggled to master the practical exam. The highest number of practical test attempts comes from a 40-year-old man from Stoke-On-Trent who took 37 attempts to pass the practical test. A high proportion of the top 20 of highest number of practical test attempts taken come from candidates of the Heckmondwike test centre, renowed as the worst test centre. In London, Hendon and South Norwood feature with the learner taking 33 and 32 attempts respectively. The majority of these learners were aged over 35 whilst those candidates struggling with the theory test range in ages.
A DVSA spokesman stated that ‘It is essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely.’
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