Stevenage learner drivers improving faster than anywhere in the UK

Stevenage learners are tearing up their L-plates faster than drivers anywhere else

Stevenage learners are tearing up their L-plates faster than drivers anywhere else - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Young Stevenage drivers should be wheely proud of themselves after achieving the biggest increase in driving test pass rates anywhere in the UK over the past five years.

More than half of learner drivers taking tests in the town pass them first time (53 per cent) compared to 36.8 per cent in 2011 – an increase of 45.1 per cent.

According to the figures released by driving school, this is the highest increase anywhere in the UK.

The stats show only two other places in the UK got anywhere near it with an increase of 41.8 percent in the Kyle of Lochalsh in the Western Highlands and Golspie in the Northern Highlands with 42.7 per cent.

The lowest increase was Lairg, also in the Higlands, with minus 16.6 per cent increase.

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Overall pass rates in the UK are up by just 1.1 per cent since 2011.

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.

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“It’s essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely.

“The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.”

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