The driving test pass rate has risen to almost 50%, a new report shows.
Figures released by the Department for Transport reveal that 47% of practical test candidates passed between April and December last year.
This was 3% higher than the same period in 2007/08, and represented a 1% increase compared with 2010/11.
The Government said more women than men took driving tests, because they tended to have a lower pass rate and take more tests before passing.
In most years, the male pass rate for the practical part of the test is around 6% to 6.5% higher than for women, the department said.
But there was no difference between men and women who took the practical motorcycle test, the figures showed.
Around 54% of women taking the large goods vehicle practical test were successful - although women make up just one in 13 test passes in this category.
A total of 437,038 driving tests were conducted across all categories during the last three months of 2011, the department said.
Copyright Press Association 2012