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Crawley’s driving test pass rates fall for fifth consecutive year

Over a year has passed since the new driving test was introduced but figures released from the DVSA seem to show the fall was happening before this.

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40.7%, this is the current pass rate for drivers of the practical exam in Crawley.

Yet five years ago back in 14/15 it was 47.2%, a drop of almost 7 percent and one that has come from a regular drop in passes years on year.

The drop is also consistent with men as it is with women.

In 14/15 the pass rate for men was 49.7% while the pass rate for women was 44.9.

Now the rate for men has fallen to 43.3% and women to 38.1%.

The biggest drop was between 16/17 and 17/18 when the new test was introduced where the overall pass rate fell from 44.8% to 41.6% with similar numbers taking their test.

A driving instructor we spoke to from Crawley who asked to remain anonymous said:

“About 50% do not pass their test on the first attempt and the most common cause is the lack of preparation. It is because so many new drivers start out excited about learning to drive but when the costs start mounting up they start cutting corners, and take their driving test when they are not read and so do not pass. They then spend more money taking their test again. Unfortunately driving tests have really become money driven now.”

Another instructor who also asked not to be named said:

“It’s interesting to see the fall when in-fact the new test is actually easier than the old one. Where the old test made you take a drive then do some manoeuvres, the new one is basically drive from A to B, park up, then drive back again.”

The DVSA figures that are published take in periods from April to March so the final figure for 18/19 is not in fully, but if it continues at the rate it has the past five years then it can only be predicted to be lower than it is right now.

DVSA Chief driving examiner, Mark Winn said:

“DVSA’s priority is to help you 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.”

“It’s 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.”

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Crawley now has even more electric charging points

In a bid to encourage more people to move away from petrol and diesel Crawley Borough Council has added more charging points in the town.

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Electric and hybrid car owners in Crawley can now charge their vehicles easier than ever, thanks to new rapid charging points in the town centre.

Crawley Borough Council has installed four 22kw charging points on level two of the Town Hall multi-storey car park.

The charge points are free to use (parking charges apply) and it is hoped that they will further encourage a shift away from petrol and diesel use.

In 2017 more than 1,000 vehicles made use of the charge point at the front of the Town Hall and numbers are rapidly increasing.

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“More and more people are switching over to electric and hybrid vehicles in an effort to be more environmentally-friendly and bring down the cost of motoring.

“These charging points are a great addition to the town centre and I have no doubt that they will be very popular with the town’s electric vehicle users.”

For more information about Crawley’s electric car charging points www.crawley.gov.uk/electricvehicles

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