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Barking is one of the hardest places in the country to pass your driving test

PUBLISHED: 12:07 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 July 2018

Barking is one of the hardest places in the UK to pass your test.  Picture: PA/David Jones

Barking is one of the hardest places in the UK to pass your test. Picture: PA/David Jones

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If you want to take your driving test in Barking we have bad news for you.

According to a report released today the test centres in Tanner Street and Town Quay Wharf, are two of the hardest places to pass in Great Britain.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 37per cent of all learners passed their practical test at Town Quay Wharf, between April last year to this March.

Figures are even worse at Tanner Street test centre where the pass rate is just 34pc.

The average pass rate for test centres across the nation was 46pc.

Overall the figures show that built up urban areas like Barking tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier.

If you want to maximise your chances of passing then you should take your test in Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands where 77pc of new drivers successfully received their licence – the highest rate in the country.

The toughest place to pass is at the Pavilion test centre in Birmingham, where just 30.2pc of learners tear up their L-plates.

The data also shows that 34pc of people taking their test for the first time managed to pass, with seven 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.

In December last year the driving test 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.

Gordon Witherspoon is the deputy chief driving examiner at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, which carried out driving tests.

He 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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