A young woman from Wiltshire has been unofficially crowned Britain’s most persistent learner driver, after 24 attempts at the practical test finally saw her secure a full licence.
The unidentified 24-year-old was eventually given leave to remove her ‘L’ plates after passing her test at the DVLA centre in Chippenham last year.
The woman’s saga in getting a licence was revealed by statistics from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, obtained by the Press Association, which also showed that nine other British learners had racked up 20 failed attempts or more.
Worryingly, the worst ten candidates had amassed over 200 failed tests between them. Of the group, four were male drivers and six were women, ranging in age from 24 to 47.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: "To some extent this data shows that the driving test is doing its job by failing people who are not yet ready to gain a full driving licence,” the Press Association reports.
"It's essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely."
"It may be that repeated failures are down to not preparing well enough ahead of the test or it could be that they need more specific help on certain aspects of their driving. We'd advise these learners to consider the reasons they are failing and discuss them with a driving instructor.
"For some people, taking a break rather than trying to take the test again immediately might help, particularly if they have got into a mental state of almost expecting to fail because they have failed several times already."
The ten drivers highlighted in the figures all eventually passed their practical test at centres across the country.
On average, 47.3 per cent of practical driving tests result in a pass, according to Government figures.
A DVSA spokesman told the Press Association: "It's essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely.
"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."
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July 7, 2014