Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show 51 per cent of all learners passed their practical test in Swindon between April 2018 and March 2019.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46 per cent.

Taking a test in Birmingham seems to be the toughest area to do so, with just 30 per cent of drivers successfully obtaining a full licences.

Inveraray, in Scotland, has the highest pass rate, with 85 per cent.

55 per cent of males in Swindon passed as opposed to 47 per cent of females taking the test which is a figure mirrored throughout the UK where overall figures show 50 per cent of males passing and 42 per cent of females.

Just over a year ago, the driving test was changed, with many observers saying the new test is tougher than the old one.

Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explain how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist their windows while driving.

Historical figures seem to back up the ‘tougher test’ with figures dropping year on year since 2015/16.

  • 2015/16 – 56.4%
  • 2016/17 – 55.5%
  • 2017/18 – 52.8%
  • 2018/19 – 51.4%

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