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Latest figures requested by the insurance company Privilege have shown where the highest and lowest pass rates for the practical driving test are in the country.

These statistics have been taken from data supplied by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency.

The years in question are between 2011 and 2015.

The figures don’t declare a pass rate but a failure rate so the lower the rate the better it is deemed for learner drivers wanting to ditch those L plates.

The place in England with the lowest failure rate (and therefore the highest pass rate) is Barrow in Furness with a failure rate of 33.9%.

The failure rate for Barrow in Furness is much lower that the national average of 53%.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the highest failure rate is in Wanstead, London where it is a much higher 67.2%.

In fact, out of the top 5 highest failure rates, London has 4 of the spots with (in descending order) Wanstead, Belvedere, Wood Green and Barking.

South Yardley in Birmingham takes the number 4 spot of highest failure rates with 64.7%.

Highest Driving Test Failure Rates (%)

  1. Wanstead (London) 67.2
  2. Belvedere (London) 66.9
  3. Wood Green (London) 64.8
  4. South Yardley (Birmingham) 64.7
  5. Barking (London) 64.6
  6. Leeds (West Yorkshire) 64.5
  7. Kingstanding (Birmingham) 63.3
  8. Heaton (Bradford) 63
  9. Thornbury (Bradford) 62.7
  10. Salford (Greater Manchester) 61.9

Lowest Driving Test Failure Rates (%)

  1. Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria) 33.9
  2. Whitby (North Yorkshire) 34.5
  3. Llandrindod Wells (Powys, Wales) 34.9
  4. Lerwick (Shetland, Scotland) 35.5
  5. Fort William (Highland, Scotland) 35.5
  6. Kyle of Lochalsh (Scotland) 35.6
  7. Kelso (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) 36.0
  8. Lampeter (Ceredigion, Wales) 36.6
  9. Pwllheli (Gwynedd, Wales) 37.0
  10. Malton (North Yorkshire) 37.1


Neil Beeson, driving test expert, stated: “The data reveals that it is easier to pass in a rural setting than in a city one and this can be put down to a number of factors including; heavier congestion, higher volume of vehicles, both parked and moving, and an increased number of roundabouts in city areas.

“The downside to learning to drive in quieter areas is that it can put you at a disadvantage when you have to drive in heavy traffic, or in complicated multi-lane situations.”

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