PLAYING the percentages in an effort to pass your driving test is a pointless exercise in Kerry, statistics released by the Road Safety Authority have revealed.
Data released for 2011 shows that driving test centres in Tralee and Killarney have almost the exact same pass rates.
In Tralee, 59.26 per cent of candidates passed their test last year, while Killarney fared marginally better, with 59.37 per cent of those sitting their tests successfully did so.
Both Kerry driving test centres had a higher success rate than the national average â?“ last year just over half, 54.56 per cent, of candidates managed to pass their tests.
However, despite their above average performance, fewer people successfully sat their driving test in Tralee than in 2010. That year, over 60 per cent, 61.35 per cent to be exact, of candidates managed to pass, over two per cent more than in 2011.
Killarney candidates have shown a slight improvement year-on-year. Again the difference is marginal, up from 57.77 per cent in 2010.
The success rates at both centres have positively increased when compared with 2008 and 2009 statistics. In Tralee, 58.8 per cent of candidates successfully sat their tests in 2009 while just 54.7 per cent did so in 2008.
Data for Killarney shows that 57.4 per cent of those sitting their driving tests passed in 2009, while 57.8 per cent were successful in 2008.