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‘If at first you don’t succeed…’

‘If at first you don’t succeed…’ – Blackburn woman passes driving test at the 31st attempt

PASSED: A learner finally gets to rip up the L plates

PASSED: A learner finally gets to rip up the L plates

3 hrs ago / Chris Gee, Reporter

Proving the maxim “if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again”, the 63-year-old is among the top-20 people who have failed the practical test the most times since records began.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published details of the most number of times people have failed their practical and theory tests.

Fourteenth on the practical test list is the unnamed woman, who took her numerous driving tests at the Blackburn with Darwen centre in Commercial Road.

But her persistence finally paid off as the woman was able to rip her “L” plates up within the past year, after being given the thumbs-down on 30 previous occasions.

The current cost of a driving practical test is £62, meaning the Blackburn woman will have racked up fees of £1,922 on the examinations alone, without taking into account the cost of any driving lessons.

The current method of recording data by the DVSA was introduced in 2004.

Top of the list of driving test failures is a 38-year-old man from Garston, Liverpool, who also passed his test this year at the 39th time of trying.

Remarkably, the record for the most number of theory test failures is 113, held by a 30-year-old woman from the Ilford area who has still not attained a pass.

DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young said: “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.

“All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”

Are you the woman who passed her test at the 31st attempt or do any of our readers know her?