City driv­ers face ‘L’ of a test

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A DRIV­ING test cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham has one ‘L’ of a fail­ure rate – the se­cond worst in the coun­try.

And when it comes to the sexes, more men pass first time than women na­tion­wide, it has been re­vealed.

Fig­ures re­veal The Pav­il­ion driv­ing test cen­tre in Moor Lane, near Wit­ton Ceme­tery, has the worst pass rate for first-time test tak­ers out­side Lon­don.

A to­tal of 299 peo­ple took their prac­ti­cal test for the first time at The Pav­il­ion cen­tre in 2017/18. But only 91 of those were suc­cess­ful – a pass rate of just 30.4 per cent. None of the 299 can­di­dates man­aged to pass with zero faults.

Only one test cen­tre in the whole of Britain had a worse record – Erith test cen­tre in East Lon­don, where 28 per cent of first-time can­di­dates man­aged to pass. The na­tional av­er­age was 46.7 per cent – and none of Birm­ing­ham’s test cen­tres man­aged to hit that mark.

In South Yard­ley, just 31.5 per cent of first-timers man­aged to pass their prac­ti­cal test in 2017/18.

In Cocks Moors Woods it was 36.7 per cent, in Wyn­d­ley 36.9 per cent, in King- stand­ing it was 37.2 per cent, in Gar­retts Green 40.6 per cent, in Sut­ton Cold­field 40.9 per cent, and in Kings Health 41.7 per cent.

The Shirley test cen­tre had the best record, but, even there, only 44.3 per cent of first-timers man­aged to pass their prac­ti­cal test, below the av­er­age.

Across Britain as a whole, the over­all pass rate for first­time test-tak­ers dropped slightly from 47.1 per cent in 2016/17.

While 50.4 per cent of men were suc­cess­ful at their first at­tempt, that fell to 43.1 per cent for women.

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