Tough time for new drivers in South Tipp

Less than half of Co. Tipperary’s novice motorists are making the grade when it comes to passing their driving tests. 
That’s according to a new Road Safety Authority report that shows Clonmel was the only test centre in the county where more than 50 per cent of learner drivers passed their tests last year.

Less than half of Co. Tipperary’s novice motorists are making the grade when it comes to passing their driving tests. 
That’s according to a new Road Safety Authority report that shows Clonmel was the only test centre in the county where more than 50 per cent of learner drivers passed their tests last year.

The pass rate at the Clonmel driving test centre was 52.31 per cent, which is still lower than the national average pass rate of 54.56 per cent.

South Tipperary’s other driving test centre in Tipperary Town recorded a pass rate of 47.55 per cent.

The report’s finding show that learner drivers in the north of the county fared worse than those in the south when it comes to passing the test.

The average pass rate at the Thurles driving test centre last year was 46.83 per cent while the Nenagh test centre had the poorest pass rate in the county at 44.56 per cent.

But if you thought these pass rates were bad spare a thought for the novice drivers in neighbouring Kilkenny. Its learner drivers were the country’s worst performers in the driving test last year. The driving test centre in Kilkenny recorded an average pass rate of 39.7 per cent.

The highest pass rate in the country was 67.92 per cent recorded at the driving test centre in Ennis, Co. Clare

The RSA said the overall pass rate in Ireland, and the range of pass rates from highest to lowest, compared favourably with other EU countries.