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UK Driving Test Pass Rates 2011 vs. 2016

Taking your driving test is a nerve wracking experience, no matter how much of a confident driver you are. But what if your postcode has an impact on your chances of passing your practical driving test? UK driving test pass rates are a hot topic of discussion, and there are plenty of stats out there telling different stories, for example you may be more likely to pass if you live in a rural area.

But what about how driving schools across the country are improving driving test pass rates? A lot can change in five years, so we have taken data from driving test centres across the UK and compared those figures to pass rates in 2011 – the results were quite revealing…

Map of UK Pass Rates: 2011 vs. 2016 Stats

UK driving test pass rates map

Pass Rate Improvements

Out of all of the UK driving test centres we found 13 centres had the biggest pass rate improvements, ranging from 17% in Dundee to an impressive 45% pass rate increase in Stevenage – the highest in the country. In 2011 the pass rate in Stevenage was 36.8%, way below the national average of 46.9%. Whizz ahead five years and the pass rate is 53.4%, so if you’re in Stevenage we’d say now is the time to take your driving test. Meanwhile the Scottish village of Golspie experienced a 42.7% increase in pass rates – and they scored the highest pass rate in the UK with 83.9% in 2016.

Scotland and the East of the UK had the most impressive pass rate improvements, with a total of eight Scottish towns appearing on our map.

Pass Rate Decreases

But it isn’t all smooth sailing for Scotland, out of the five biggest decreases in driving test pass rates we found Scottish towns feature in three places. Although the biggest decrease goes to the Lincolnshire town of Grantham, which went from an impressive 63% pass rate in 2011 to 49.3% in 2016 – a decrease of 21.7% (however, this is still above the national pass rate of 47.4%)

Towns Above National Pass Rate

In 2011 the national pass rate was 46.9%, thanks to the towns across the UK which have increased their pass rates in 2016 this increased by 1.1% to 47.4%

Many of the towns on our map have exceeded the national pass rate, we’ve listed them below for you, how well is your town doing?

TownPass Rate
Lairg51.9%
Ullapool73.7%
Kyle of Lochalsh75%
Rothesay62.7%
Girvan62%
Malton70.6%
Grantham49.3%
Chelmsford48%
Stevenage53.4%
Scarborough66.3%
Lanark53%
Duns73.2%
Dundee58.1%
Golspie83.9%
Thurso69.6%

Complete List of UK Driving Test Pass Rates For 2016 vs. 2011

If your town doesn’t feature on our map, don’t worry. Here is a complete list of pass rates for 2016 and 2011 for all UK towns. Let us know where your town appears in the comments box below! Have a friend who’s learning to drive? Don’t forget to share this with them.

Town2016 Pass rate (%)2011 Pass rate (%)
Aberdeen48.350.8
Aberfeldy54.150.6
Abergavenny57.857.3
Aberystwyth52.356
Airdrie45.845.3
Alness60.958.6
Alnwick65.260.1
Arbroath58.758.6
Ashfield59.354
Ashford (Kent)47.154.6
Aylesbury45.647.3
Ayr41.450.3
Bala50.346.7
Ballater68.172.2
Banbury53.151.9
Bangor57.851.9
Barnsley51.342.3
Barnstaple4953.6
Barrow In Furness56.562.7
Barry56.353
Basildon39.240
Basingstoke4348.8
Benbecula Island52.260
Berwick-On-Tweed56.860.1
Birmingham38.240.4
Bishops Stortford43.644
Blackburn with Darwen39.546.3
Blackpool47.649
Bletchley46.648.4
Blyth57.954.9
Bodmin5053.2
Boston54.261.9
Bournemouth59.853.1
Bradford41.333.9
Brecon66.262.8
Bridgend50.653.4
Bridlington56.952.9
Bristol49.150.7
Brodick (Isle of Arran)56.866.2
Buckie51.754.8
Burgess Hill49.350.5
Burton on Trent45.646.3
Bury St Edmunds43.249.9
Buxton56.660.6
Camborne50.953.5
Cambridge51.951.5
Cannock53.552.8
Canterbury47.744.4
Cardiff (Llanishen)47.553.1
Cardigan55.359.1
Carlisle58.558.3
Carmarthen51.654.1
Castle Douglas56.251.3
Chelmsford (Hanbury Road)4839.9
Cheltenham41.448.3
Chester42.146
Chesterfield47.546.5
Chichester53.952.4
Chippenham48.551.3
Chorley51.854
Clacton-on-Sea43.845
Colchester43.438.8
Coventry36.737.9
Crawley46.445.2
Crewe55.852.2
Crieff65.958.1
Cumnock52.760.4
Darlington47.549.3
Derby (Alvaston)46.650.8
Doncaster4647
Dorchester62.360.8
Dumbarton48.350.5
Dumfries47.850.4
Dundee58.149.5
Dunfermline48.948.5
Dunoon67.969.4
Duns73.254.1
Durham6060.1
Eastbourne49.249.3
Edinburgh4946.9
Elgin54.551.9
Elswick45.939.5
Exeter50.351.1
Farnborough54.153.7
Folkestone40.450.6
Forfar56.958.1
Fraserburgh59.554.8
Gairloch68.276.3
Galashiels64.358.8
Gateshead44.843.9
Gillingham49.345
Girvan62.049.4
Glasgow42.641.1
Gloucester5150.3
Golspie83.958.8
Grantham (Somerby)49.363
Grantown-On-Spey57.662.3
Greenock50.353.2
Grimsby Coldwater46.945.5
Guildford53.555.4
Haddington6058.5
Halifax43.547.7
Hamilton47.840.1
Hartlepool53.653.3
Hastings (Ore)46.245.3
Hawick59.762
Heckmondwike40.238.4
Hereford57.253
Herne Bay42.847.2
Hexham58.750.8
Heysham50.755.4
High Wycombe52.253.1
Hinckley45.152.4
Horsforth47.246.3
Huddersfield48.445.4
Hull47.646.2
Huntly56.660
Inverness (Cradlehall Business Park)52.650.3
Inverurie58.464.5
Ipswich60.954.3
Irvine52.348.6
Isle of Skye56.558.9
Kendal (Oxenholme Road)64.768.7
Kettering49.748.3
Kings Lynn50.950.6
Kingussie6556.5
Kirkcaldy52.550
Knaresborough52.353.5
Kyle of Lochalsh7552.9
Lairg51.962.2
Lampeter58.362.9
Lanark5342.6
Launceston52.656.5
Lee On The Solent52.951.8
Leeds36.135.4
Leicester46.641.3
Leighton Buzzard (Stanbridge Road)49.946.7
Letchworth50.343.8
Lichfield54.952.9
Lincoln5053.8
Liverpool42.247.1
Llandrindod Wells68.464.7
Llanelli50.750.6
London47.142.1
Loughborough55.150.2
Louth6159.7
Lower Gornal52.448.9
Lowestoft53.749.4
Ludlow50.852
Luton39.139.9
Macclesfield52.652.6
Maidstone46.152.9
Malton70.658
Manchester48.445.3
Melton Mowbray62.160.6
Middlesbrough52.149
Monmouth50.858.2
Montrose (Broomfield Ind Estate)62.160.2
Nelson5349
Newbury (Hambridge Lane)52.552.9
Newport (Isle Of Wight)57.552.1
Newton Abbot57.960.2
Newton Stewart52.457.2
Newtown55.962.7
Northallerton57.159.8
Northampton5449.2
Northwich53.655.9
Norwich53.854.7
Nottingham (Colwick)48.149.1
Nuneaton52.449.3
Oban56.557.3
Orkney68.660.6
Oswestry54.455.5
Oxford (Cowley)49.250.4
Paisley45.137.9
Peebles60.653.4
Pembroke Dock53.556
Penzance5450.7
Perth (Arran Road)51.549.3
Peterborough54.247.9
Peterhead65.257.3
Pitlochry61.868.5
Plymouth44.543.9
Pontefract43.744.9
Pontypridd54.753.8
Portsmouth41.546.6
Preston50.548.6
Pwllheli60.161
Reading4548
Redditch43.844.2
Reigate50.952.1
Rhyl48.339.6
Rotherham49.245.1
Rothesay62.773.2
Rugby50.150.2
Salisbury54.351.8
Scarborough66.351.8
Scunthorpe43.744.3
Sevenoaks5251.9
Sheffield48.249
Shrewsbury48.451.8
Skegness59.861.4
Skipton55.848.7
South Shields49.147.8
Southampton47.150
St Albans47.739.7
Stafford51.652.5
Stevenage53.436.8
Stirling42.143.3
Stoke-on-Trent44.843.4
Stranraer65.167
Sunderland45.347
Swansea52.652.7
Swindon54.351.9
Taunton57.657.2
Telford49.648.6
Thurso69.653.1
Tilbury44.439.4
Trowbridge4853.6
Tunbridge Wells52.858.6
Ullapool73.753.8
Upton50.349.8
Wakefield45.840.1
Wallasey40.646.1
Warrington47.350.6
Warwick53.655.3
Watford47.349.2
Wednesbury35.635.1
Westbury5556.5
Weston-super-Mare53.951.7
Whitby69.762.3
Whitchurch47.152.3
Widnes39.945.6
Winchester45.748.7
Wolverhampton42.447.8
Worcester50.149.1
Workington55.151.4
Worksop56.550.5
Worthing53.349.9
Wrexham4440.8
Yeovil5957
York52.953.7