Less Than Half Of New Drivers Pass Their Theory Test – And ‘humiliating’ Road Signs Are To Blame


LESS than half of potential new drivers pass their theory test, according to recent figures.

And the Department for Transport is blaming the UK’s overuse of road signs for the high failure rate.

Getty – Contributor Potential learners are struggling to pass their theory test

A report by the DfT called for a number of traffic signs to be binned after it found the overuse of signage around the country was too complicated, labelling many “humiliating”.

Just 48 per cent of the 1.9million potential drivers taking their theory test in the last year passed, with many attributing failure to confusion over road signs.

Information provided by the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency revealed that from April 2016 to March 2017 a staggering 1,952,226 people took their theory test, with just 950,210 people passing.

And it wasn’t just young learners who struggled with the UK’s confusing traffic signals.

The DfT called for these six ‘humiliating’ road signs to be removed

Incredibly, the highest percentage of women passing were 17-years-old, with a 54 per cent success rate, while 33-year-old men were most successful.

The written theory test for cars was introduced on 1 July 1996 when it replaced questions asked about the Highway Code during the practical test.

Costing new drivers £23, the exam now consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (43/50 to pass) followed by a skills test involving 75 hazard perception situations (44/75 to pass).

And with just over a million people failing in the last year, the Government raked in a whopping £23million from those needed to re-sit.

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