A 24 year old woman has finally passed her driving test on the 24th attempt, and is now being described as being the most relentless learner driver ever. She was one of eight learners that had taken at least 20 tests by the end of 2013. Ten drivers had taken more than 200 attempts, in total, to pass their test, and this included four men and six women, aged between 24 and 47.
A major fault, or an accumulation of 15 or more minor faults, means that a learner driver will fail their driving test. Such faults can range from not checking mirrors to mounting the curb during a manoeuvre. While a single major fault will instantly lead to failure of a test, a learner is allowed to amass 14 minor faults before the next minor will lead to a fail.
It is possible to immediately book in for another test upon failing an initial test, but doing so is often blamed for successive failures. Experts advise that taking some time between tests can help the driver to prepare mentally and properly get over their original failure. It also allows them some time to discuss and improve upon the skills that they failed in the original test. Taking the test again straight away will not usually allow time to concentrate on weaker areas.
The 24 year old woman, who has remained anonymous, passed her test last year, and is now able to get rid of her L-plates and drive unaccompanied. 24 is the greatest number of tests that have ever been required by a driver before passing, although there are some drivers that may run her close for the record. The successful driver was one of only ten that had amassed a total of more than 200 failures between them.
The government recently put on hold plans to make the driving test more difficult, stating that it might make it more difficult for young drivers to be able to gain employment or continue with their education. They are expected to release a green paper at some time in the future, but critics have hit out saying that the changes are required.