Monday 27 February 2017

Learner driver in UK fails test 92 times

An unlucky learner driver has managed to fail his theory test 92 times.

The 28-year-old man from Leicester in England has spent £2,852 (€3,416) on theory test fees alone, and until he passes the written exam, cannot take the practical test.

The hour-long test includes multiple-choice questions about road rules, plus a hazard-perception test where participants have to spot developing road dangers on a driving video.

The information was released by the Driving Standards Agency following a Freedom of Information request.

It also showed that one driver, a 33-year-old man, failed the practical test 22 times before eventually passing.

Each test costs up to £75 (€89).

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man faces taking his practical test for a 21st time after he failed his 20th attempt.

None of the drivers were named by the DSA due to data protection laws.

Driving instructor Phil Oliver, who owns Roadworks School of Motoring, in Leicester, said he was stunned by the figures.

He said: "It's an incredible number of times to fail a test. I've never heard of anything like it.

"Research has shown time after time that the most reliable way to pass is to have regular weekly or twice-weekly lessons, until you're a confident driver and no longer need help and guidance from the instructor.

"People run into trouble when they try to pack intensive lessons into a short period of time, or are unprepared for the test."

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