First time lucky for 2-in-5 learner drivers in Bury
MORE than 40 per cent of Bury drivers passed their test first time, according to new figures.
The statistics released by the Driving Standards Agency show that between March, 2012 and April, 2013, 4,207 people took their driving test at the Bury test centre on Smith Street, and 1,770 passed — 42.1 per cent.
And of the 1,836 drivers taking their test for the first time at the centre on Smith Street, 783 passed, which works out as 42.6 per cent.
There were several regional variations in the pass rates of test centres, with Bury falling just below the Greater Manchester average pass rate of 45.7 per cent.
Failsworth proved to be the toughest place to take a driving test, with a pass rate of 39.2 per cent, with Rochdale just behind with a figure of 39.3 per cent.
At Bolton’s test centre the pass rate was 49.8 per cent, while at Cheetham Hill the figure was 41.6 per cent. Across the country the highest pass rate was 82.6 per cent in Barra, an island in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, while the lowest figure was 32.2 per cent, in Belvedere, London.
The DSA’s statistics also show how the figures are broken down by age.
At Bury test centre between March 2012 and April 2013, 51 per cent of the 717 17-year-olds who took a test passed, while 32.7 per cent of the 129 25-year-olds who took a test passed.
The number of men passing their tests was higher than the number of women in Bury, with 46.2 per cent of men and 38.4 per cent of women earning their licence. The DSA said that the figures can be down to a number of reasons, such as some drivers having more experience than others, but say that examiners at test centres across the country impose the same guidelines.
A DSA spokesman 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. We train examiners to a high standard and closely monitor their work to ensure that all tests are assessed consistently across the country.”
Mark Nolan, a driving instructor in Bury with 17 years of experience, said: “All driving instructors say there is an element of luck in passing the test.
“The learner drivers lack experience so when they are put in artificial situations such as a driving test they are more likely to come across problems, and other drivers doing silly things.
“That experience gives you that ability to react to the circumstances, it’s often only until when people actually pass their test that they learn, when they are forced to think for themselves.”
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