March 20, 2015

Driving Test Facts

With the Driving Test having celebrated its 80th Birthday this week, what better a time than to share some its glorious history with you?

Below are some of the more interesting facts we have managed to find out about the famed driving test – read on and enjoy!

– The first person to pass the driving test was a Mr J Beene in 1935, the year it was introduced.

– Test candidates would have to arrange to meet their examiner at a pre-organised location such as a train station, as there were no test centres when the practical test started!

– During World War II, the driving test was suspended, and was not made compulsory again until November 1946.

– The hand signal was a mandatory part of the Practical Test until as late as 1975!

– The Theory test was formally introduced in 1996. Before this, candidates would be quizzed on the Highway code during their practical exam.

– Finally -Since its introduction in 1946, over 46 million tests have been taken – and that number continues to rise.

What do you think about this article? Have we missed anything out? Let us know in the comments below!

Safe driving from Britannia!