She’d be fine in this town

In the US, it seems like if you can count the sides on a STOP sign and promise to learn how to parallel-park some day, you can get a driver’s license: we don’t even care if you’re an actual citizen. It appears, though, that things are a little tougher in Jolly Old:

A 28-year-old woman has spent £3,410 on driving theory tests and still not passed, data has revealed.

The woman, from Southwark, south east London, has sat the test a record 110 times, according to results of a Freedom of Information request published in the MailOnline.

And they won’t let her behind the wheel until she passes the written test, which I have to assume isn’t the easiest thing on earth:

The driving theory tests costs learners £31 a time to take and is made up of multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test. The national pass rate is 65.4 per cent.

The fee for the actual behind-the-wheel test is £62 on weekdays, £75 evenings, weekends or bank holidays. (American DMVs please copy. It is not necessary that everyone in the farging office be home in time to watch Jeopardy!) A chap from Stoke-on-Trent finally passed it on his 37th try; there’s one woman from Horsforth who has yet to pass after 32 attempts.

(Via Autoblog.)


  1. Tatyana »

    20 July 2014 · 11:42 am

    O horror
    that might have beeen me
    if I ever attempted to learn

  2. fillyjonk »

    20 July 2014 · 7:13 pm

    “Driving theory”? It sounds like Twilight Sparkle trying to learn to operate a motor vehicle.

    (Full disclosure: I failed the road test the first two times I took it because of nerves.)

  3. CGHill »

    20 July 2014 · 7:29 pm

    Well, Twi would first try to learn it from a book, and only then — well, actually, she’d go look for another book first.

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