Men outdo women in pass rates at Hornchurch driving test centre

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 11 January 2018

Photo: Ken Mears

Photo: Ken Mears


Men are more successful at passing their driving tests at the Hornchurch test centre than women, according to the latest figures.

A study of insurance deals shows that men often pay higher premiums that women as they have more accidents, although pricing differently based on gender was banned by the EU in 2012.

However they appear to be better drivers, at least at the start, than women.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show that between April and September 2017, 47.8 per cent of men who attempted the practical test managed to pass, while 45.3pc of women were successful.

Across that period Hornchurch test centre carried out 3,766 tests - 2,041 for women and 1,725 for men.

There were 1,750 passes, at a rate of 46.5pc. That’s lower than Great Britain’s average of 47pc.

The test centre with the highest pass rate was Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands, where more than three quarters of learners were awarded their licences, while in Erith, south east London, less than a third were successful, making it the toughest.

And driving tests are likely to get more difficult to pass.

These statistics are from before the test was changed on December 4 last year, with many observers saying the reformed test is tougher than the old one.

Learners now must navigate for 20 minutes using a sat-nav, and explain how to test the brakes, clean the windscreen and demist your windows while driving.

DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young said: “All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”

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