Leeds driving test centre one of toughest to pass in country

LEEDS driving test centre is one of the hardest places to pass in the country, according to the latest data.

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Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show just 35 per cent of all learners passed their practical test between April and September 2017.

The Leeds centre conducted 3,946 tests over six months and 1,387 people passed.

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The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 47 per cent, with the highest pass rate of 79 per cent in Golspie in the Scottish Highlands.

The toughest place to pass was Erith in south east London, where under a third of drivers got their licences.

Historically men have generally paid more for car insurance than women as they have more accidents.

But the figures show they have a higher pass rate for the driving test.

At Leeds test centre, 38 per cent of men gained their licence compared to 33 per cent of women.

AND Men are more successful than women at passing their driving tests at the Horsforth test centre.

Figures from the DVSA show that between April and September 2017, 49.1 per cent of men who attempted the practical test managed to pass, while 41.7 per cent of women were successful.

Across that period Horsforth test centre carried out 5,701 tests - 2,983 for women and 2,718 for men. The statistics are from before the test was changed on December 4 last year. Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav. DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young said: “All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”