Testing times for learner drivers in Leighton Buzzard with 47% passing practical first time

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Nearly half of learners passed their driving test first time last year at Leighton Buzzard test centre, according to the latest figures.

Data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency shows 47 per cent of would-be motorists passed their practical test on the first attempt there in 2018-19.

This was in line with the average first-time pass rate for centres across Great Britain.

Learners taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking their mirrors at the right time.

Of the 1,321 people successful on the first try in Leighton Buzzard test centre, 90 star pupils aced it with zero faults.

Overall, the centre conducted 6,804 tests between April 2018 and March this year, with 3,183 people passing.

Men performed strongest – 51 per cent went on to pass compared to 43 per cent of women.

Under government plans, new drivers could be banned from travelling at night as part of proposals to improve road safety.

The rules, announced by the Department for Transport, restrict what motorists can do on the roads months after passing their test.

It is unclear for how long the measures would be in place after someone passes their test.

The move follows statistics showing one in five new drivers are involved in crashes during their first year behind the wheel.

Joshua Harris, director of road safety charity Brake, said these ‘graduated licences’ would help protect younger drivers.

He said: “Young drivers are involved in nearly a fifth of all fatal crashes on our roads, a deeply troubling figure hugely disproportionate to the number of young licence holders.”

More robust licensing would give them the “necessary tools and knowledge” to drive safely, he added.

Speaking earlier this year, former road safety minister Michael Ellis said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

“Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time. We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe.”