Women more likely to fail driv­ing test, new re­port re­veals

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - By Ed McCon­nell em­c­connell@thek­m­group. co.uk @EdMcCon­nel­lKM

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

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Failed tests cost learner driv­ers £42,995,810 last year

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