Teen driving test pass rate soars in Chorley
8:00am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
Figures released by the Driving Standards Agency have revealed that Chorley is one of the easiest places in Lancashire to pass a practical driving test.
Last year, 56.1 per cent of people who took tests at the centre in Chorley were successful, compared to 51.5 per cent of people across Lancashire.
The only Lancashire centre with a higher pass rate was Heysham where 56.5 per cent passed.
Overall it was easier to pass in Lancashire than in much of the country — nationally, only 47.1 per cent of people pass their tests, and in Manchester the pass rate was only 45.7 per cent.
But Chorley driving instructor John Barker said he found Chorley to be one of harder test centre than others in the county. He said: “There are a lot of roundabouts in Chorley and that tends to be something that throws certain people.
“I’ve taken people to Preston and Darwen test centres and I would say Chorley is actually harder than the other two. There are a lot more people going to Chorley test centre at the moment because in places like Preston, Darwen, Nelson and Blackpool there are very long waiting lists, eight week waiting lists. So that may put the pass rates at Chorley higher than elsewhere, but that’s just my personal opinion.”
Pass rates across the country varied considerably. The highest were in Barra, Scotland, where 82.61 per cent of people passed.
Belvedere, London, had the worst pass rate of 32.2 per cent.
A DSA spokesperson said: “Pass rates can be influenced by various factors. Some people may take more lessons and be better prepared for the test. Statistical factors can also play a part as the number of tests conducted at different test centres varies significantly. However, every driving test is conducted to the same strict requirements.”
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