Women more likely to fail driving test, new report reveals
Women in west Kent have less chance of passing their driving test than men.
A gender gap emerged at all three of the regions’ centres, with the gulf at Tunbridge Wells’ Upper Grosvenor Road site at 7%. There 57% of men passed, while half of women did.
The story was much the same at Maidstone’s Armstrong Road centre, where 49.8% of men passed compared to 43.1% of women, while rates at Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, were slightly more even, with 55% of men and 50% of women enjoying success.
Drivers in Maidstone had the least success in the eight months leading up to December, with just 46% of the 4,314 learners passing; in Sevenoaks 52% of the 4,313 who took their test were successful; while in Tunbridge Wells 53% of the 4,192 drivers qualified.
The story for first-time passers was the same, with Tunbridge Wells coming out on top with 52%, Sevenoaks on 50% and Maidstone trailing on 47%.
The figures came to light as the ONS released statistics which showed nationally the number of people sitting their tests has fallen by half-a-million in the past decade, while those passing with no faults has doubled in the same period. The average national pass rate for any attempt sits at 47%.
Despite a decrease in the number of those braving the roads while sat alongside an examiner, failed tests cost learners a whopping £42,995,810 last year with £23,814,200 of that forked out on unsuccessful first attempts. In West Kent, failed tests cost learners £393,204.
Nationally, there was a massive 40% difference in the firsttime pass rate at the best performing (Cumbria’s Kendal) and worst performing (London’s Belvedere) at 68% and 28% respectively. Generally speaking, the busier the area the lower the pass rate.
Jonathan Allbones, sales director of thecarpeople.co.uk – which compiled the report using ONS statistics, said: “It’s great that so many more people are passing first time. However, it just goes to show the benefit passing first time has on learners’ wallets.
“My advice to any learner driver at present is to be patient, practise your driving skills and take your test only when you feel fully prepared.”
A gender gap has opened up in the pass rates at Kent’s driving test centres
Failed tests cost learner drivers £42,995,810 last year