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Driver passes test at 24th attempt

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By Matt Gibson

Perseverance has finally paid off for Britain's most persistent learner driver.

The 24-year-old woman from Chippenham in Wiltshire, who will remain anonymous, has finally passed her driving test after failing it 23 times.

The student driver, who passed on her 24th attempt, was one of eight people in Britain to have taken their test at least 20 times by the end of 2013.

The data was obtained in a Freedom of Information request made by the Press Association to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency.

200 failed tests

It shows that 10 drivers in the UK notched up a total of 200 failed tests between them.

The drivers, who have now all passed their tests, are comprised of four men and six women.

The woman from Chippenham was the joint youngest alongside another 24-year-old woman from Birmingham.

The oldest was a 27-year-old man who also lives in Birmingham.

'Driving test is doing its job'

The 10 motorists earned their full licences at test centres across the UK including Manchester, West Yorkshire, Glasgow and London.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: "To some extent this data shows that the driving test is doing its job by failing people who are not yet ready to gain a full driving licence.

"It may be that repeated failures are down to not preparing well enough ahead of the test or it could be that they need more specific help on certain aspects of their driving.

"We'd advise these learners to consider the reasons they are failing and discuss them with a driving instructor.

Driving competence tested

"For some people, taking a break rather than trying to take the test again immediately might help, particularly if they have got into a mental state of almost expecting to fail because they have failed several times already."

Mike Frisby is the chief examiner of the Driving Instructors Association, which represents 11,000 members across the UK.

He said: "There's a bit of a misconception that people will fail on the manoeuvres, but the reality is driving competence.

"Emerging from junctions, misjudgments of other vehicles - these are the main concerns."

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