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This is how many drivers pass first time at the Farnborough test centre

This is how many drivers pass first time at the Farnborough test centre

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 18th August 2019.

More than half of all learners taking their test at the Farnborough test centre passed first time last year.

Figures from the DVLA show that between April 2018 and March this year 55 per cent of would-be motorists that took their practical test there passed at the first attempt.

This was much higher than the average first-time pass rate for centres across Great Britain which was 47 per cent.

Of the 3,095 people successful on their first try at Farnborough, 277 star pupils aced it with zero faults.

Learners taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking their mirrors at the right time.

Overall almost 11,000 tests were taken at the centre last year, with nearly 6,000 people doing so successfully - resulting in a pass rate of 54 per cent.

The stats show men performed strongest with 59 per cent going on to pass compared to 49 per cent of women.

Learner Driver

Under government plans, new drivers could be banned from travelling at night as part of proposals to improve road safety.

The rules, announced by the Department for Transport, restrict what motorists can do on the roads months after passing their test.

It is unclear for how long the measures would be in place after someone passes their test.

The move follows statistics showing one in five new drivers are involved in crashes within their first year behind the wheel.

Joshua Harris, director of road safety charity Brake, said these 'graduated licences' would help protect younger drivers.

He said: "Young drivers are involved in nearly a fifth of all fatal crashes on our roads, a deeply troubling figure hugely disproportionate to the number of young licence holders.

More robust licensing would give them the "necessary tools and knowledge" to drive safely, he added.

Speaking earlier this year, former road safety minister Michael Ellis said: "We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

"Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you're allowed to drive on your own for the first time.

"We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads."

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