10 Facts About The Driving Test You Probably Didn't Know.Did you know the Driving Test has been going for more than 75 years?
- Mr Beene was the first person to pass the driving test in 1935. He paid the grand total of 7/ 6p (37.5p) to take the test.
- There were no driving test centres in 1935 so you had to arrange to meet the examiner somewhere like a post office, train station or town hall.
- The driving test was suspended for the duration of World War 2 and didn’t resume until 1 November 1946.
- In 1975, candidates no longer had to demonstrate hand signals.
- The theory test was introduced in 1996, replacing questions about the Highway Code during the practical test.
- Driving was much more hazardous 75 years ago, 7,343 people were killed on Great Britain’s roads when only 2.4 million vehicles were in use - in 2008, 2,538 people were killed with 26.5 million vehicles on the road.
- Candidates could book their theory test online for the first time in December 2001.
- The pass rate in 1935 was 63% compared to 46% in 2009.
- 1969 saw the first driving test set for an automatic vehicle.
- Since 1935 more than 46 million tests have been taken.
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