Many potential drivers need an number of attempts to pass their practical driving test, but one learner has taken their theory test 110 times – and still hasn’t passed.
Uncovered by a Freedom of Information request to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the unidentified 28-year-old woman from Southwark, south east London has spent a total of £3,410 on the driving theory test yet still isn’t cleared to take the practical driving part of the qualification.
The £31 theory test requires candidates to answer a number of multiple choice questions and then complete a ‘hazard perception’ test where they watch a video and click to show that they have recognised potential hazards.
This Londoner is not the only person to really struggle to pass the test though. Despite a national pass rate of 65.4 per cent, a 30-year old man from Peterborough has failed the theory test 86 times. Another man required 80 tests to pass, while the person next in line has taken 64 tests without passing.
Many learners have similar trouble passing the practical test where they take to the road with an instructor. One 40-year old from Stoke-On-Trent needed 37 tests before receiving his driving licence. With the practical test costing at least £62, this man will have had to spend a total of £2,294 in his quest to drive.
One 22-year-old woman required 36 attempts to pass. Due to her age, this woman must have taken an average of seven theory tests a year since turning 17. This begs the question – should there be a limit on the number of times learners can take the theory or practical test before being turned away as not safe to drive? You can have your say below.