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Friday 22 August 2014

Driver fails theory test 110 times

Some drivers are failing their theory test scores of times

Wannabe drivers are failing their theory tests scores of times with one woman being unable to pass a record 110 times, it has been reported.

The woman, who was not named but is from south east London, has the biggest number of failures under her belt, but is followed by many more including a 30-year-old man from Peterborough who has had 86 unsuccessful attempts.

A 41-year-old learner from Birmingham eventually passed on his 80th try but a 27-year-old man from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, has still not managed to get enough answers right after 64 efforts.

Those wanting to drive a car or ride a motorcycle must pass the driving theory test before booking their practical exam - which is itself hard to get through.

The theory test has two parts - one made up of multiple choice questions with the other a hazard perception section.

At £31 a time, undergoing multiple attempts does not come cheap.

The figures were published on the Mail Online following a Freedom of Information request to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

A DVSA spokesman told the website: "It is 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."

Last week it emerged that a 24-year-old woman holds the record for failing the practical part of her test the most times.

She finally passed after her 24th attempt and was one of eight Britons to have racked up at least 20 tests by the end of last year, according to figures obtained from the DVSA by the Press Association.

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