DVSA response to media reports about decade-low driving test pass rate

Car pulling away from the right-hand side of a road

Reports in the media on 20 and 21 July 2019 claim that the current driving test pass rate of 45.8% has been caused by a ‘dangerous new manoeuvre’.

However, this is not correct. Learner drivers make fewer serious and dangerous faults on the ‘pull up on the right’ manoeuvre, compared to other reversing manoeuvres.

On 17 July 2019, DVSA revealed that the top reasons for failing the driving test are actually failing to look properly at junctions, and not using mirrors effectively when changing direction.

Mark Winn, DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, said:

DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.

Candidates should only attempt their test when they’ve gained a broad range of experience and are ready to drive safely and independently.

Anyone who fails their driving test has to wait at least 10 working days to take another. This ensures the candidate has time to undergo additional training and improve any faults noted by the examiner before they take their test again.

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