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Most Northern Ireland applicants failed driving theory test

More than half of applicants failed their driving theory test.
More than half of applicants failed their driving theory test.

More than half of those taking their driving theory test failed during the first quarter of this financial year.

Figures published by the Department for Infrastructure reveal the theory test pass rate was 45.6%, the lowest rate recorded since 2012-13.

The figures relate to April to June of this year. In total 18,500 theory tests were conducted, an increase of 7.3%.

The overall pass rate for MOT tests was 82%, a slight decrease compared with the same period last year (81%), and slightly above the trend over the past ten years.

Almost 282,00 MOT tests were carried out by the DVA, representing a decrease of more than 1% compared to the same quarter last year.

More than 16,000 driving test applications were submitted during this period, a increase of 3.6% on the equivalent quarter in 2017.

However, during the same three-month period, the number of driving tests conducted decreased by 2.1% to just under 14,800.

The pass rate for all categories of driving tests was more than 58%, unchanged on the rate recorded in the equivalent quarter last year.

There was almost 1,167,000 vehicles licensed in Northern Ireland at March 31 2018, an increase of 2.1%. The vast majority (83%) were cars.

Meanwhile, another DfI report covering 2017/18 found that 72% of people said they were satisfied with the current public transport situation in their area.

The main reason why people were not satisfied was because of a lack of services in their area (77%).

Some 55% of respondents said they were satisfied with the situation for cycling in their area, with the main reason for dissatisfaction being a lack of cycle lanes (69%).

While 64% of respondents said they were content with the situation for walking in their area. The main reason why people were not satisfied was poor lighting at night (51%).

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