One of the easiest places to pass test?

A learner driver.
A learner driver.
  • Or are Blyth folk just better drivers?

Blyth test centre is one of the easiest places to pass your driving test in the country, according to the latest data.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show 56% of all learners passed their practical test between April and September 2017.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 47%, with under a third of all new drivers at Erith, in south east London, successfully getting their licences – the toughest centre in the country.

Overall built up urban areas tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. Golspie in the Scottish Highlands has the highest pass rate of 79%.

The Blyth centre conducted 3,464 tests over the six months and 1,922 people passed.

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 rates for the driving test.

At Blyth 61% gained their licence compared to 51% of women.

Driving tests are likely to get more difficult to pass.

These statistics are from before the test was changed on December 4 last year, with many observers saying the reformed test is tougher than the old one.

Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explain how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist your windows while driving.

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.”