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UK Theory Test Failure | Are Britainís Road Signs to Blame?

With more than 50 percent of learner drivers experiencing UK theory test failure, poor preparation is often blamed for the country’s low theory test success rate. However, could it be Britain’s overuse of road signs that is responsible for the high number of theory test fails? That’s what learner drivers claim… Here’s why!

A recent report resulted in the Department for Transport (DfT) scrapping a number of road signs. Why? They were being overused and created mass confusion because they were considered too complicated. In fact, the DfT went as far as calling some of the signs “humiliating.”

Figures published by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently, revealed that just 48 percent of the 1.9 million wannabe motorists who took the theory test over the past 12 months were successful. Many attributed their UK theory test failure to being bamboozled by road signs.

UK Theory Test Failure Rate Escalates

Between April 2016 and March 2017, a whopping 1,952,226 people attempted the driving theory test. However, only 950,210 people passed. When analysed more closely, the highest percentage of women passing were 17-years-old, with a 54 percent success rate. Meanwhile, among their male counterparts, 33-year-old men were the most successful.

As a result of more than a million people failing the theory test, the UK government pocketed a mega £23 million from learner drivers who had to re-sit the exam.

According to, road sign and traffic rule confusion is demonstrated by the number of cars written off as a result of drivers misjudging a situation on the road.

A representative said: “Data collected by our team shows that many of our customers have admitted making a wrong decision which caused an accident. With the theory exam only being introduced in 1996 it would make interesting reading as to how many people would pass it having never taken it.”

The written theory test for cars was introduced on 1 July 1996 when it replaced questions asked about the Highway Code during the practical test.

Costing new drivers £23, the exam now consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (43/50 to pass) followed by a skills test involving 75 hazard perception situations (44/75 to pass).

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