Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Voted Most Likely to Fail; Gympie P-Platers and Learner Drivers Have Highest Failure Rates in the Wide Bay

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Voted Most Likely to Fail; Gympie P-Platers and Learner Drivers Have Highest Failure Rates in the Wide Bay

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GYMPIE has the highest provisional and learner fail rates in Wide Bay, the latest Department of Transport and Main Roads data shows.

While most have heard the old yarn about how it's easier to get a licence in smaller towns than in bigger cities, these days obtaining a licence to drive is a complicated examination process wherever taken. But new statistics suggest that sitting your test in smaller towns can improve your chance of earning a licence.

In Tin Can Bay, which has a population of about 2000 people, 15% failed when attempting to obtain a learners car licence in the past year (nine of 60 applicants).

Compare that with Gympie's figures a with a population close to 17,000, 44% of sitters failed the exam.

Hervey Bay students fared better with 36% failures and in Childers, the written test fail rates were 28%.

Statistics relating to the provisional examination also surprised.

Gympie had the worst pass rate of all the region's testing locations, with a third of learner drivers deemed incompetent to drive in the past year. …

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