REVEALED | Figures show it is becoming more difficult to pass the driving test in Longford

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REVEALED | Figures show it is becoming more difficult to pass the driving test in Longford

REVEALED | Figures show it is becoming more difficult to pass the driving test in Longford

An analysis of pass rates over the past eight years show that it is becoming increasingly difficult to pass the driving test in Longford.

Figures released by the Road Safety Authority this week show that there was a 51.5% pass rate at Longford driving test centre between January and October of this year. 

That 51.5% pass rate is the lowest recorded between 2011 and 2018, with a pass rate of above 60% being achieved in 2012, 2015 and 2016. 

Pass Rate at Longford Driving Test Centre, 2011 - 2018
2018: 51.51% (January - October)
2017: 55.73%
2016: 60.18%
2015: 64.78%
2014: 58.82%
2013: 58.54%
2012: 62.95%
2011: 59.29%

Meanwhile, in a comparison of pass rates among test centres in the region, Longford recorded the 4th highest pass rate for 2018 (Jan - Oct). Cavan boasts the highest pass rate this year, with Athlone having the lowest. 

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In the three years (2016 - 2018), the highest annual pass rate was achieved in Roscommon in 2016 when 70.17% of those who sat the driving test passed it. 

Pass Rates at Driving Test Centres in the region
Cavan: 58.04% (2018 Jan - Oct); 55.66% (2017); 56.78% (2016)
Roscommon: 57.98% (2018 Jan - Oct); 64.82% (2017); 70.17% (2016)
Carrick-on-Shannon: 54.37% (2018 Jan - Oct); 62.60% (2017); 63.31% (2016) 
Longford: 51.51% (2018 Jan - Oct); 55.73% (2017); 60.18% (2016)
Mullinagar: 49.33% (2018 Jan - Oct); 59.78% (2017); 59.95% (2016)
Athlone: 45.02% (2018 Jan - Oct); 59.19% (2017); 61.93% (2016)

Pass rates for driving tests in the North West of the country (between January and October 2018) were among the highest in the country.

According to figures released by the Road Safety Authority, Donegal Town had the 3rd highest pass rate in the country with 61.28%. Clifden in Galway comes out on top with 77% of people getting a pass. Newcastle West in Limerick is next on 62% with Donegal on 61.28%.

The national average pass rate was 49.23%.

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