Porirua the place to sit your test

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Wor­ried about pass­ing your re­stricted driv­ing test? Take it in Porirua.

Fig­ures from NZ Trans­port Agency show Porirua leads Welling­ton and Lower Hutt in pass rates for learner drivers.

Porirua also heads this year’s pass rates for full li­cence tests.

Emily Dava­doss got her re­stricted li­cence in March, hav­ing sat it in Porirua. She said a friend at­tempted hers in Lower Hutt re­cently, and failed.

‘‘She said it was a night­mare, round­abouts, lights, lots of traf­fic. You wouldn’t ex­pect a learner driver to be able to nav­i­gate that,’’ Dava­doss said.

In com­par­i­son, the Porirua test went through Els­don, Kenepuru Rd and Ti­tahi Bay, through a cou­ple of traf­fic lights, and one round­about.

Dava­doss said her friend had not booked in an­other at­tempt at get­ting her li­cence, but ex­pected she would pick an­other part of the re­gion.

The trans­port agency’s test routes are all within a na­tion­ally con­sis­tent stan­dard.

How­ever, spokesman Andy Knack­st­edt said there had been ‘‘a bit more vari­ance for the lo­cal pass rates for the first three months of this year’’ in Welling­ton.

This was based on a smaller num­ber of tests than in the 2015 data, and was still within 10 per cent of the na­tional av­er­age.

The stan­dard re­quire­ments for test routes in­cluded min­i­mum lev­els of traf­fic density.

‘‘To­pog­ra­phy is not a fac­tor, as test routes do not in­clude steep hills, ‘‘ he said.

Tests for a re­stricted li­cence are up to 60 min­utes long and in­clude 45 min­utes of driv­ing time. The test for a full li­cence is 30 min­utes, with 20 min­utes of driv­ing.

Prac­ti­cal driver test­ing was taken over by Ve­hi­cle Test­ing New Zealand last May.

PHOTO: KEVIN STENT

Els­don’s Emily Dava­doss, 25, passed her re­stricted driver’s li­cence in Porirua.

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