Most drivers don't pass first time

Most drivers don't pass first time

Most motorists fail their practical driving test, new official figures have revealed.

As many as 53.4% of new drivers do not get the examination's on-road section pass needed to tear up their L-plates.

The Department for Transport's (DfT) latest figures apply to the final quarter of last year and showed no change on the same period from 2013.

The new statistics covered 393,025 motorists taking their practical in this time-frame. This was a rise of 3.1% on the number who took the test between October and December 2013.

The Government numbers also show that men are more likely to pass than women. From October to December last year, 50.1% of male drivers were successful, compared to 43.4% of females.

The amount of theory exams taken in this time was 415,849 - representing a 6.5% jump on those who took in the same period the previous year. The theory test's pass rate was virtually half and half with 50.1% of applicants successful.

This was worse than the final three months of 2013 but better than the October-December 2014 practical test pass rates.

Learner drivers need both theory and practical parts of their driving test to tear up their L-plates and start driving legally.

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