Driving test pass rate is above average in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 September 2015
The pass rate for practical car driving tests in Ipswich is above the national average, latest government data has revealed.
Last year 8,012 people took their test, with 4,426 passing, making a success rate of 55.2%.
Across the nation, the average was 46.9%, while the most successful test centre was Kyle of Lochalsh in northwest Scotland, where 73.5% passed.
Local driving instructors believe the quality of examiners in Ipswich and the quality of the road network compared to more built up cities, has helped to put Ipswich above average.
Kevin Gibbs, a driving instructor who has taught across the country for the AA Motoring School, said: “I teach all over the country but I prefer teaching in Ipswich.
“We have got some very good examiners and instructors here.
“If you compare our roads to somewhere like Colchester too, they are not as congested and the roads are well signposted.”
Mr Gibbs believes the training has also improved since test routes have stopped being published online, meaning instructors are unable to just teach students the test routes.
He added: “Each route differs and depends what the examiner looks for – it’s a snapshot of what you have been trained for.
"If you compare our roads to somewhere like Colchester too, they are not as congested and the roads are well signposted."
“The instructors who just taught the test routes aren’t in the job anymore, so the number of high grade instructors is really good.”
The data also revealed that men taking their practical test last year were on average more successful than women, with men having a pass rate of 59.2%, compared to 51.7% for female drivers.
Mr Gibbs added: “If you are good enough to pass a test in Ipswich, you are good enough to pass a test anywhere.”
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