South Yardley test centre is one of the hardest places to pass your driving test in the country, according to the latest data.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 34% of all learners passed their practical test there between April 2017 and March 2018.

The average pass rate for test centres across Great Britain was 46%, with the highest pass rate in Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands, where 77% of new drivers successfully received their licences.

Overall built up urban areas tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. The toughest place to pass was The Pavilion test centre, in Birmingham, where 30.2% of learner drivers got their licence.

South Yardley test centre conducted 7,987 tests over 2017-18 and 2,720 people passed.

Historically men have paid more for car insurance than women as they have more accidents. But the figures show they have a higher pass rate.

At South Yardley test centre 40.1% gained their licence compared to 29.3% of women.

On December 4 last year the driving test was changed, with many observers saying the new 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. However the new test does not seem to have bothered rookie drivers. In April 2017, under the old test, the pass rate was 30.3%, less than the rate in March 2018, in the new test.

The data also shows that 32% of people taking their test for the first time managed to pass, with eight learners succeeding first time with no minor faults. Drivers taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking your mirror at the right time.

DVSA deputy chief driving examiner, Gordon Witherspoon, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of 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.

“We expect candidates and instructors to become more familiar with the new test and well continue to monitor the impact of the changes.”

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