It’s been reported that men are more successful at passing their driving tests at Eastbourne test centre than women, according to the latest figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
Between April 2017 and March 2018, 51 per cent of men who attempted the practical test managed to pass, while 45.3 per cent of women were successful.
Across that period Eastbourne test centre carried out 5,428 tests – 2,916 for women and 2,512 for men. There were 2,601 passes, at a rate of 47.9 per cent. That’s higher than Great Britain’s average of 46 per cent.
The test centre with the highest pass rate was Golspie, in the Scottish Highlands, where more than three quarters of learners were awarded their licences, while in The Pavilion, in Birmingham, less than a third were successful, making it the toughest.
On December 4 last year the driving test was changed, with many observers saying the new test is tougher than the old one.
DVSA deputy chief driving examiner, Gordon Witherspoon, 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.”
Despite appearing to be better drivers, at least at the start, than women, a study of insurance deals shows that men often pay higher premiums than women as they have more accidents – although pricing differently based on gender was banned by the EU in 2012.