Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Driving Tests 'More Difficult in London'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Driving Tests 'More Difficult in London'

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

LEARNER drivers in London face the toughest examinations to pass their test compared with the rest of the country, new figures reveal today.

A new survey of official Driving Standards Agency test centres shows a massive range of pass rates, with some centres passing three out of four learners, while at others three out of four learner-drivers fail.

The survey by motoring magazine Auto Express found that drivers taking their tests in London are the most likely to fail, while new drivers in Scotland are the most likely to pass.

Five of the 10 UK test centres most likely to fail candidates are based in London, new figures for April 2007 to March show. Eight in 10 of the UK's driving test centres with the highest pass rate are based in Scotland.

The one with the highest percentage of passes is based in Gairlock, in the Highlands, where the pass rate is 70.6 per cent, compared to Barking where just 30.4 per cent pass. …

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