Derry still posts lowest driving test pass-rate

Derry has again posted the lowest driving test pass-rate in the North.

By Kevin Mullan
Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:32 pm

The pass-rate for the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) centre at Altnagelvin was just 44.4 per cent.

The low rate is detailed in the ‘DfI Driver, Vehicle, Operator, and Enforcement Statistics Quarter Three: October to December 2020,’ published on Friday.

The document states: “By test centre, and using a rolling 4-quarter average, the pass-rate for private-car driving tests ranged from 44.4 per cent in Londonderry (Altnagelvin) to 77.8 per cent in Downpatrick. Downpatrick has now recorded the highest pass-rate for private car tests every quarter for more than seven years.”

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The 44.4 per cent pass rate at Altnagelvin was much lower than the average.

“For October to December 2020, the pass-rate for private-car driving tests was 66.1 per cent, up by 11.5 percentage-points on the 54.6 per cent average of the five years prior to the pandemic. Prior to this quarter, pass-rates for all categories of vehicle remained broadly unchanged over the past five years. It is too soon to say whether this is indicative of a change in the under-lying trend or just an effect of the pandemic. In general, NI pass-rates across all four main vehicle categories are higher than the pass-rates in Great Britain. Part of the difference between NI and GB pass-rates may be attributable to regional driving conditions including the volumes of traffic and complexity of available road networks for testing.”