There is a 5% difference in pass rates from one end of the county to the other
According to figures obtained from the RSA by the Offaly Express, there was a 5% difference in the pass rate for driving tests between the test centres in Tullamore and Birr in 2017.
The pass rate in Tullamore in 2017 was 57.01% while the pass rate in Birr was 52.32%.
A total of 2,242 tests were booked in Tullamore in 2017. Of that, 1,029 people passed, 776 failed while a total of 372 did not take place due to the individual not turning up or there being a problem with the car or documentation. 18 did not take place because the candidate had no insurance while 19 did not take place as the candidate had no license. 65 tests were abandoned.
A total of 1,897 tests were booked in Birr. Of that figure, 836 passed while 762 failed. 169 people did not turn up for their test while 66 were not conducted due to a problem with the car or documentation. 32 of those tests did not take place because the vehicle to be used was not roadworthy. 64 tests were abandoned.
In total in Offaly, 418 tests out of a total of 4,139 booked, more than one in ten, did not take place because the person did not turn up.
A total of 189 were not conducted with 75 of those not taking place due to the vehicle not being road worthy. 27 were not conducted due to the vehicle having no insurance, 27 were not conducted due to the candidate having no license and 12 were not conducted because the candidate was simply late.
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