Driving tests

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[Name Removed] (Account suspended)

Dear Sir or Madam,

How many accidents have driving instructors been involved in during Cat.B driving tests for the last 10 years? (1999 to 2009 inclusive). If some of the data is not available whatever is available will still be of use.

Just to clarify the word accident, an incident that results in the test car making unlawful or accidental contact with any object or person.

Also if possible could you provide me with the statistics of how many attempts it takes people to pass their tests? Percentage form would be preferable, or if not figures will be fine. For example, first attempt: 25%, second attempt: 35%, third attempt: 10% Ect. The same time period as the first request applies, and likewise if some years data is not available the remainder of the information is still useful.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

foi@dsa.gsi.gov.uk, Driving Standards Agency

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Driving Standards Agency

Knowledge and Information Management Team

The Axis Building

112 Upper Parliament Street

NOTTINGHAM NG1 6LP

 

switchboard: (0115) 936 6666

direct line: (0115) 936 6034

fax: (0115) 936 6580

email: :[DSA request email]

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[Name Removed]

by email: [FOI #23570 email]

 

our ref: IA/03313/09

 

26 November 2009

 

Dear [name removed]

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your email of 22 November requesting information about
accidents on tests and attempts to pass practical driving tests; we are
dealing with your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

Your request was received by the Driving Standards Agency on 23 November
2009.  We will endeavour to provide you with a full response within 20
working days after receipt of your request.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to
contact me on the details as above.  Please remember to quote the
reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Knowledge and Information Management Team

 

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Driving Standards Agency

Knowledge and Information Management Team

The Axis Building

112 Upper Parliament Street

NOTTINGHAM NG1 6LP

 

switchboard: (0115) 936 6666

direct line: (0115) 936 6785

fax: (0115) 936 6571

email:[DSA request email]

websites: direct.gov.uk

dsa.gov.uk

 

 

                                                                          

                                                                           
e-mail [1][DSA request email]

                                 
                                        [date]

 

 

 

 

[Name Removed]

by email: [FOI #23570 email]

 

our ref: IA/03313/09

 

16 December 2009

 

Dear [name removed]

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Further to our email of 26 November about your Freedom of Information
request, please could you clarify some of the information you’ve
requested. 

 

Please could you let us know what category of vehicle, for example car or
motorcycle, you would like the figures on how many attempts it takes
people to pass their tests for.

 

Please note that without clarification of your requirements we will be
unable to process your request.  If you do not respond within three months
from the date of this letter, then we will consider your request closed.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to
contact me on the details as above.  Please remember to quote the
reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Watts

Knowledge and Information Management Team

 

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Dear Graham Watts,

I tried to make it as clear as possible in the original request but as you still require clarification, the information I require is regarding car tests, category B.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

foi@dsa.gsi.gov.uk, Driving Standards Agency

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Driving Standards Agency

Knowledge and Information Management Team

The Axis Building

112 Upper Parliament Street

NOTTINGHAM NG1 6LP

 

switchboard: (0115) 936 6666

direct line: (0115) 936 6785

fax: (0115) 936 6571

email: [DSA request email]

websites: direct.gov.uk

dsa.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

[Name Removed]

by email:
[FOI #23570 email]                                                                  

our ref: IA/03313/09

 

21 December 2009

 

Dear [name removed]

 

Information requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA)

 

Further to Alison Wilson’s email of 26 November, I can confirm that we
have handled your request for information about accidents on test and
attempts to pass practical tests within the terms of the FoIA.

 

I attach at Annexes A, B and C the response to your request.

 

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request, you should
ask for an internal review by contacting Alison Wilson, Information
Compliance Manager, at the above address.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Graham Watts

Information Officer

 

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ivanataylor left an annotation ()

I have been trying to pass my test for years!! Three tests booked. First one I arrived at the test centre eight minutes late due to delay at temporary road works. I was denied my test. There own policy is that you can be 10 mins late and still take your test, they kept the fee regardless. This is an unlawful act of fraud.

The second time when I did get chance to go on a test. The tester took me on an estate, where two youths were fighting in the middle of the road. She failed me for not using my horn, instead I had stopped, so as not to run them over and waited for them to realise I was there. I felt I had done the right thing but was failed.

The third time I was failed when the indicator cut off and I did not re-indicate, as I was in the right lane and stationary.

I decided it was all about cash generation and have not booked another test since, as I do not like corporate corruption and cash generation. I felt ripped off.

I have been driving for many years now, with my husband as co pilot, totally lawfully. I have not had an accident or caused harm or damage to anyone. I am a good driver, better than most I see on the road who have passed their tests. I have never had a ticket.

I simply will not pay another fee on principle.
I did pass my test in two states in the USA, Florida and California. They do not rip people off there. Everyone has three chances on the written and two on the practical test for ONE booking fee of about 20 dollars. Ten pounds.