Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Is Birmingham The Worst Place To Learn To Drive?

A recent article by the Birmingham Mail suggests that the city has one of the highest failure rates for learner drivers taking their practical test.

With 23 learners failing a whopping 21 times in Birmingham and 863 having to take their test 11 - 15 times before they passed. In addition to this 105 took 16 - 20 attempts before they passed as well.

The writer goes on to suggest that as a result of these shocking statistics many newly qualified drivers are not safe on the roads, however, this is questionable if you look at the figures over the 2004 - 2013 period they've quoted them from.

With the tens of thousands of learner drivers taking tests every year 863 over a 9 year period seems rather minor in comparison and suggests that this could be blown way out of proportion.

Birmingham reportedly has some of the worst driving test centres in the UK - some of them are as low as 35.5% - the second worst in the UK outside of London.

A spokesperson from the Alliance of British Drivers commented:

“I would like to know what the pattern of failures is – are they failing for the same thing or is it something different each time? They could just be extremely nervous types who don’t do tests well – although that might suggest they’re not suited to driving.”

Which also raises an interesting question - are the issues affecting their ability to pass their driving test being addressed by their driving instructor in an efficient yet sympathetic manner?

The Driving Standards Agency has released a statement saying:

“It’s essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely. The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.”

In addition city driving is no mean feat and can be quite stressful and hazardous when compared to driving in and around small towns – check out our guide to city driving to find out more.

Source: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-learner-drivers-fail-test-5711093