Is this Britain’s worst learner driver? Woman spends £3,410 sitting theory test 110 times – and she STILL hasn’t passed
- Woman, 28, has failed her driving theory test 110 times, new figures reveal
- She has spent a staggering £3,410 in bid to show she knows rules of road
- But she is yet to pass – and still has the practical driving test to overcome
- Figures also show a 40-year-old man has failed the practical test 34 times
A 28-year-old woman has failed her driving theory test a record 110 times, new figures today revealed.
The unnamed learner, from Southwark, south-east London, spent a staggering £3,410 in a bid to show she knows the rules and dangers of the road.
But despite her determination to pass the test, she is yet to do so – and still has her practical driving test to overcome.
The driving theory test, costing £31 a time, comprises multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception exam.
Nationally, it has an average pass rate of 65.4 per cent.
If the woman had started sitting the test at the minimum driving age of 17, she would have sat it a whopping 10 times a year for the past 11 years.
Although no other learner has come close to the woman’s incredible number of attempts to pass, several appear to be trying their best.
A 30-year-old man from Peterborough has failed the driving theory test 86 times, while a 41-year-old learner from Birmingham passed on his 80th attempt.
A 27-year-old man from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Wales, struggled through 64 tests without any luck and another male, aged 46, from Reading failed 61 times.
Meanwhile, two men, aged 32 and 25, passed the test on their 59th attempts in Croydon and Doncaster respectively.
The second worst female theory candidate on record was a 45-year-old woman from Bristol, who sat the exam a whopping 57 times.
The astonishing figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
Challenging: The unnamed learner, from Southwark, south-east London, spent £3,410 in a bid to show she knows the rules of the road. But she is yet to pass – and still has her practical test to overcome (file picture)
They also showed that even when learners managed to pass the theory test, some still struggled to master the practical exam.
One such example was a middle-aged man who failed the practical driving test a record 36 times – thankfully, passing on his 37th attempt.
The unnamed 40-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, forked out at least £2,294 trying to pass – which could have paid for a decent second-hand car.
Another man, aged 22, was slightly more successful, passing on his 36th attempt at a test centre in Chelmsford in Essex.
The figures also revealed a 44-year-old woman from Birmingham passed on her 36th attempt, while a leaner from Middlesbrough successfully completed her 35th practical driving test aged just 24.
The practical driving test, lasting about 40 minutes, costs £62 to take on a weekday or £75 on an evening, weekend or bank holiday.
A DSA spokesman told MailOnline: ‘It is essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely.
‘The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.’
THE TOP 20 HIGHEST NUMBER OF THEORY DRIVING TEST ATTEMPTS
110 – Woman, 28, from Southwark (fail)
86 – Man, 30, from Peterborough (fail)
80 – Man, 41, from Birmingham (pass)
64 – Man, 27, from Haverfordwest (fail)
61 – Man, 47, from Reading (fail)
59 – Man, 32, from Croydon (pass)
59 – Man, 24, from Doncaster (pass)
57 – Woman, 45, from Bristol (fail)
56 – Man, 26, from Leeds (pass)
55 – Man, 29, from Leeds (pass)
54 – Man, 24, from Preston (pass)
54 – Man, 36, from Liverpool (fail)
54 – Man, 45, from Liverpool (fail)
53 – Woman, 30, from Leicester (pass)
51 – Woman, 28, from Wolverhampton (fail)
50 – Man, 41, from Sunderland (fail)
50 – Man, 32, from Hanley, Staffordshire (pass)
49 – Man, 38, from Wolverhampton (pass)
49 – Woman, 31, from Redditch (fail)
48 – Man, 31, from Coventry (pass)
… AND THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF PRACTICAL TEST ATTEMPTS
37 – Man, 40, from Stoke-On-Trent (pass)
36 – Man, 22, from Chelmsford (pass)
36 – Woman, 44, from Birmingham (pass)
35 – Woman, 24, from Middlesbrough (pass)
34 – Woman, 49, from Middlesbrough (pass)
34 – Woman, 36, from Heckmondwike (pass)
33 – Woman, 52, from Goodmayes (pass)
33 – Man, 49, from Hendon, London (pass)
33 – Woman, 36, from Enfield, London (pass)
32 – Woman, 39, from Portsmouth (pass)
32 – Woman, 51, from Horsforth (fail)
32 – Woman, 48, from Heckmondwike (pass)
32 – Man, 40, from South Norwood (pass)
32 – Woman, 42, from Heckmondwike (pass)
31 – Man, 48, from Failsworth (pass)
31 – Woman, 29, from Bradford (pass)
30 – Woman, 40, from Bradford (pass)
30 – Woman, 35, from Heckmondwike (pass)
30 – Woman, 35, from Heckmondwike (pass)
30 – Man, 41, from Bradford (pass)