If you’re in the West Midlands you might well be in for a fail!


According to new data revealed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA), passing your driving test could be more to difficult to achieve depending on whereabouts you live in the country.

DVLA’s figures showed that only 48% of the 1.3 million tests carried out by learner’s in 2016 resulted in a new driver on the road.

With driving tests costing around £62 each time, failures could be costing people in the UK a staggering £42 million.

If you're in the West Midlands you might well be in for a fail!

Revealed – the hardest and easiest places in Britain to pass your driving test © Copyright David Hillas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


According to the DVLA’s stats, only 40% of learner drivers in the West Midlands who took their test actually passed – making the West Midlands the worst place in the UK for a learner to take their test, as it will probably result in a fail.

However, the toughest test centre overall throughout the country was in Belvedere, London – learner drivers were more than likely going to receive a fail result rather than a pass.

Only 28% of learners who took their practical test in Belvedere actually passed, not a good sign for those living in or around the East London area with a driving examination booked there!

Moneybarn created a map using the DVLA’s figures to show the easiest and hardest places in the country to pass.

Test centres in Manchester proved a tough ask for learners hoping to pass and get a licence, the same in Bedfordshire with a pretty low pass rate of 41%.

Learners taking their test at centres in Cheetham Hill, Failsworth, Rochdale and Salford, scored an average pass rate of 36% over 2,000 tests – equating to 1,200 of them resulting in a disappointing “I’m so sorry but you have not passed on this occasion.”

In comparison, many learner drivers taking their test in more rural areas enjoyed hearing those joyful words, “I’m happy to inform you that you’ve passed your test today.”

This of course adds fuel to the suggestion that it’s much easier to pass your test in areas where the roads aren’t as busy and congested.

Cumbria and Northumberland, in England had two of the highest national averages regarding pass rates in the region with 60%.

However, its learners in the Orkney Islands that seem to pass with ease – there the success rate stands at a national high of 70%.

Many rural areas in Scotland fared very well on the map – the Highlands, Shetlands and Scottish borders all produced pass rates higher than 60%.

The data also found that it was male learners who were more likely to be successful on their practical test, whereas the tables were turned on the theory test.

The highest theory test pass rate was at the Limehouse C test centre in East London (54%), whilst Bradford had the lowest rate at 42%.

The DVSA claim that the overall pass rates were 4% higher in 2015-16 than they were the year before, meaning that around 600,000 hopeful learners failed their driving test last year – costing £62 per person this figure means a collective £41.9 million was spent by learner drivers trying to gain their licence.

Despite these results, of those who do pass their driving test, 40% manage to do so on their first attempt, so they only have to pay once.

“Whilst, the average national pass rate has increased by four per cent, built up areas are still showing themselves to be particularly difficult for learners, whether it’s because of extra traffic, complex road signage, or added pressure in a busier environment,” said MD of Moneybarn, Shamus Hodgson.

Hardest UK Test Centres To Gain A Pass:

1. Belvedere, Greater London – 28% pass rate 2. Garston, Liverpool – 30% pass rate 3. Wanstead, Greater London – 32% pass rate 4. Barnet, Greater London – 33% pass rate 5. Erith, Greater London – 33% pass rate 6. Cheetham Hill, Greater Manchester – 33% pass rate 7. Birmingham (South Yardley), West Midlands – 34% pass rate 8. Wednesbury, West Midlands – 34% pass rate 9. Salford (Fire Station), Greater Manchester – 35% pass rate 10. Barking (Tanner Street), Greater London – 35% pass rate

Easiest UK Test Centres To Gain A Pass:

1. Golspie, Highland Council – 80% pass rate 2. Mallaig, Highland Council – 77% pass rate 3. Ullapool, Highland Council – 76% pass rate 4. Duns, Scottish Borders – 72% pass rate 5. Thurso, Highlands – 71% pass rate 6. Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland Council – 71% pass rate 7. Llandrindod Wells, Powys – 71% pass rate 8. Malton, North Yorkshire – 70% pass rate 9. Whitby, North Yorkshire – 70% pass rate 10. Orkney, Orkney Islands Council – 70% pass rate


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