Learner driver goes to ‘L’ and back on test marathon EXCLUSIVE

NOT SO STRAIGHTFORWARD: A learner driver taking a lesson.
NOT SO STRAIGHTFORWARD: A learner driver taking a lesson.
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They’re figures that will send a shiver down the spine of anyone who’s ever performed a three-point turn under the watchful eye of a driving examiner.

A request via the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act has revealed a whole host of fascinating facts about driving tests in Leeds.

But there’s no doubting the statistic that will strike the strongest chord with the city’s learners.

For one unfortunate individual had no fewer than 22 attempts at passing their practical test at Leeds’s Harehills examining centre between 2004 and March this year.

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The highest number of goes at passing the test during that period at Leeds’s Horsforth centre, meanwhile, was 17.

Mark Peacock, head of the BSM driving school, said today: “Taking 22 attempts to pass your test is very unusual.

“Unfortunately nerves can get the better of all of us during a test and they can make the difference between passing or failing.”

Today’s figures also reveal at least one similar tale of woe relating to the driving theory exam.

The highest number of attempts at the theory test between 2004 and March this year in Leeds was 31, said the Driving Standards Agency.

Other motoring titbits uncovered by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s FoI request include:

* A total of 23,287 theory tests were conducted in Leeds in 2011, with 14,343 being passed;

* There were 16 cases of suspected identity fraud or ‘candidate impersonation’ at theory tests in Leeds in 2010 and 2011;

* One person took seven attempts to pass their bike theory test in Leeds between 2004 and March this year.

Discrepancies have also been recorded between pass rates at Horsforth and Harehills.

The overall pass rate from April 2010 to March 2011 at Horsforth was 43 per cent while the figure for Harehills was 34.3 per cent.

Just over 46 per cent of men passed their test at Horsforth during the same period, compared to 40.2 per cent of women.

The male-to-female success split at Harehills was 36.5 per cent to 32.1 per cent.

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