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Tayside learner drivers among best

Evening Telegraph, UK - Aug 13, 2004

Tayside learner drivers among best 
Learner drivers in Tayside and Fife are among the best in the country at passing their driving test, according to new figures released by the Driving Standards Agency, writes Rob McLaren.
All of the centres in Tayside and Fife have pass rates higher than the national average.
Dundee drivers pass 49% of the time, Dunfermline drivers half the time and Perth drivers 52% of the time, compared to the national average of 43%.

Aberfeldy and Cupar drivers are top in the region with 65% and 64% respectively passing their tests.

Drivers in Forfar, Arbroath, Montrose and Kirkcaldy pass between 53% and 56% of the time.

The Driving Standards Agency insisted today that the standards were the same at test centres throughout Britain.

A spokesperson said, “The regional differences can be put down to socio-economic factors relating to how much practice learner drivers have on the road.

“People in cities tend to be wealthier and are, therefore, more likely to put a learner driver on the insurance of a family car than someone in a rural area.

“The chance of someone passing their driving test obviously improves markedly if they are practising outwith their lessons with an instructor.

“Some test centres pass rates may be very high as a result of relatively few people taking the test there.”

Learner drivers in Tayside and Fife are among the best in the country at passing their driving test, according to new figures released by the Driving Standards Agency.

Dundee driving instructor Ewan MacFarlane from 1-Tay-1 claimed Dundee was a hard place to learn how to drive, which could make passing the driving test easier.

He said, “If you can drive in Dundee, you can drive anywhere.

Arbroath (71%), Dundee (70%), Dunfermline (68%) and Perth (67%) also outstripped the national pass rate of 65% for motorcycle tests but Kirkcaldy (61%) and Cupar (59%) fell short.

According to the figures, the best place to sit a driving test in Scotland was Inveraray, which had an 80% pass rate.

The lowest pass rate was at the Shettleston Centre in Glasgow where just 32% of tests are passed.

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