DRIVERS LICENSE: Where you might want to avoid taking your drivers test.
DRIVERS LICENSE: Where you might want to avoid taking your drivers test. Alistair Brightman

Where not to take driving test

QUEENSLAND'S learner drivers are failing more than a third of their practical driving tests, with new figures revealing the state's toughest testing centres to get a licence.

The statewide failure rate of learner drivers since 2017 was more than 35 per cent, with over 300,000 practical driving tests conducted across Queensland.

Transport and Main Roads' Mareeba site had the worst failure rate in the state, with L-platers only given a passing mark in 45.3 per cent of tests to qualify for their provisional licence.

In Brisbane, TMR's Toowoong customer service centre had the toughest pass rate, at 51.6 per cent, while learners who went to the Cairns customer service centre had a pass rate of 54 per cent.

The St Lawrence Police Station, north of Rockhampton, had the highest pass rate, with all 136 learner drivers tested at the station given a licence.

The RACQ's head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said there would be a "number of reasons” behind the different results.

Mr Spalding said the statewide failure rate also showed the testing regime "was doing its job”, and stressed it was important that driving schools were properly preparing their students for the test.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said pass and fail rates depended on "individual skill levels”.

"Our examiners, whether officers from Transport and Main Roads or the Queensland Police Service, ensure all tests are conducted in line with current policies and procedures,” she said.


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