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Speculation Over Low Driving Test Pass Rate

Posted in General News on Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has responded to claims that this year’s relatively low practical driving test pass rate of 45.8% has been caused by the introduction of the ‘pull up on the right’ manoeuvre. The DVSA claims that fewer serious and dangerous driving faults are committed by candidates during this manoeuvre than other reversing manoeuvres in the test. According to DVSA statistics the most common reasons why candidates fail their test include not looking properly at junctions and failing to conduct mirror checks prior to a change of direction. Mark Winn, the DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, commented: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving. Candidates should only attempt their test when they’ve gained a broad range of experience and are ready to drive safely and independently.”

The ‘pull up on the right’ manoeuvre became part of the practical driving test in September 2017 as part of a plan to ensure that the test is reflective of ‘real world’ driving. However, that does not mean to say that the DVSA wants drivers to pull up on the right at all times. The agency is keen to point out that it is still seen as best practice to pull up on the left and this is what new drivers should be taught. That being said, the DVSA understands that it is not always possible to pull up on the left and therefore it is important that new drivers know how to pull up on the right side of the road in a safe and appropriate manner. 

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Thursday, August, 1st, 2019

I have been driving for 33 years I cant see why they introduced this as you could find yourself in bother for parking on the wrong side of the road onto oncoming traffic seems pointless and just something to add that doesn't need to be included how this makes someone a better driver.

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Ian Cook

Friday, August, 2nd, 2019

If the agency see pulling up on the left best practice why have they introduced the pulling up on the right manouvre part of the testing procedure one wonders. Parking on the right facing oncoming traffic may not be so complicated to get in, the problems arise getting out as a driver has to be aware of traffic coming at them from both directions at the same time and it can be very complicated. A failure rate of 54.2% over a 12 month period is a very high failure rate indeed but having witnessed some atrocious manouvres performed by some drivers on todays roads I actually question the quality of not only those driving and teaching new student drivers I also question the quality of those who are acting on behalf of the DVSA as examiners and giving them a driving licence pass. Having been driving for 46 years & being the victim of a person who overshot a junction then misjudged an immeadiate reverse at speed I can say I have been lucky but I cannot see what benefit pulling across oncoming traffic and then back out will serve apart from keeping the pass rate low & the revenue from the test fees high.

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David Nixon

Friday, August, 2nd, 2019

I lived in Canada for a number of years, parking on the opposite side of the road is a parking offense which I agree it should be.

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Christopher Kay

Saturday, August, 3rd, 2019

David, I think so too, parking on the right facing oncoming traffic is a dangerous manoeuvrer and even more dangerous when pulling back out. Put a stop to this madness now is what I say.