Driving test pass rates higher out west

If you want a better chance of passing your driving test, you might be better to go west.

Driving test pass rates higher out west

If you want a better chance of passing your driving test, you might be better to go west.

According to analysis by The Irish Times data team of driving test pass rates between 2010 and 2013, Ennis has the highest pass rate in the country at 68%.

That's followed closely by Sligo, Tuam and Clifden, while Rathgar in Dublin has the lowest at just over 41.3%.

Connacht Tribune motoring correspondent Gerry Murphy says a possible reason for the difference is the variety in potential routes.

"If you go to a provincial town, there might be one or two routes - and the driving instructors within that town will now exactly where those routes are.

"If you're living in Dublin, and let's say you live in Cabra or you live in Drumcondra, you've got four choices of testers - Finglas, Rathgar, Tallaght and Raheny. You're not going to know the area you're going into as you would your own local area.

The Road Safety Authority are insisting they give high priority to ensuring test centres have uniform standards.

It said there are a number of factors which can lead to variations in outcomes, including age, gender and the quality of lessons received.

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