LEARNER drivers have a better chance of passing their driving test in Aberystwyth than they do in Cardigan, new figures have revealed.

The overall pass rate at Aberystwyth Test Centre for 2023 was 58.3 per cent – up from 49.9 per cent four years before.

This was much higher than the average rate across Great Britain of 48.2 per cent.

In the south of the county, the overall pass rate at Cardigan Test Centre for 2023 was 51.8 per cent – about the same as four years before.

Carmarthen learners had a pass rate of 55.3 per cent, but Newtown proved to be one of the highest in the UK, with a pass rate of 65.3 per cent.

The gap between male and female driving test pass rates remained unchanged at Aberystwyth Test Centre, however.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show male drivers took 669 tests at Aberystwyth Test Centre in 2023, 406 of which were successful – a pass rate of 60.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, 55.7 per cent of the 591 tests taken by women were passed over this period, giving a gap of five percentage points.

Women overtook men in driving test pass rates at Cardigan test centre.

745 male drivers took tests at Cardigan Test Centre in 2023, 379 of which were successful – a pass rate of 50.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, 52.9 per cent of the 629 tests taken by women were passed over this period, giving a gap of two percentage points.

Camilla Benitz, managing director of the AA Driving School, said: “Given the long waits many learners are still facing to book their practical driving test, it is good to see the overall practical test pass rate has risen slightly, meaning fewer will face a lengthy wait to re-book another test.”

However, she added the pass rate for the theory test “is stubbornly low” and has fallen by a third since 2007-08.

Across the country, women proved better than men at theory tests. They had a pass rate of 46.8%, while 43.5% of tests taken by men were successful.

Ms Benitz said while young male drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in a crash than young female drivers, this is not considered when it comes to insurance prices.

It is currently illegal for insurers to take gender into account when calculating premiums.

However, the Confused.com car insurance price index for the latest quarter of 2023 shows on average men were paying £177 more than women.

Louise Thomas, motor expert at the comparison site, said while gender is not considered, prices are based on other factors such as the type of vehicle, any modifications made to it, as well as claims and conviction history.

“Generally, men tend to drive powerful, more expensive cars. They also tend to have a higher claims and conviction rate than women, all of which contributes to reasons why prices might be higher.

“But under the EU law, if a man and woman have the exact same insurance details, then they should return the same prices,” she said.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “DVSA's priority is to continue to reduce waiting times, and thanks to the measures we introduced since October 2023 we have reduced waiting times by more than four weeks and are on the way to reaching our target to provide an additional 150,000 tests.

“We continue to urge learners strongly to book their driving test only when they are ready to pass as it’s essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge, and attitude to drive safely.”