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Easiest and toughest places to take your driving test

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DVSA (DRIVER and Vehicle Standards Agency) statistics were analysed by car finance firm Moneybarn; who have produced a ranking showing the test centres who boast the highest driving test pass rates and by the same token; those with the lowest pass rates.

Moneybarn Managing Director Shamus Hodgson said:

“Our analysis has revealed some interesting and surprising results, with low pass rates for areas like Bedfordshire and the West Midlands not necessarily being what you’d typically expect.

“While, the average national pass rate has increased by four per cent, built up areas are still showing themselves to be particularly difficult for learners, whether it’s because of extra traffic, complex road signage, or added pressure in a busier environment.

“It will be intriguing to see if this remains the case, once amendments are made to the practical test later this year.”


1. Golspie, Highland Council: 80% pass rate

2. Mallaig, Highland Council: 77%

3. Ullapool, Highland Council: 76%

4. Duns, Scottish Borders: 72%

5. Thurso, Highlands: 71%

6. Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland Council: 71%

7. Llandrindod Wells, Powys: 71%

8. Malton, North Yorkshire: 70%

9. Whitby, North Yorkshire: 70%

10. Orkney, Orkney Islands Council: 70%


1. Belvedere, Greater London: 28% pass rate
2. Garston, Liverpool: 30%
3. Wanstead, Greater London: 32%
4. Barnet, Greater London: 33%
5. Erith, Greater London: 33%
6. Cheetham Hill, Greater Manchester: 33%
7. Birmingham (South Yardley), West Midlands: 34%
8. Wednesbury, West Midlands: 34%
9. Salford (Fire Station), Greater Manchester: 35%
10. Barking (Tanner Street), Greater London: 35%

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