A learner driver who failed his theoretical driving test 59 times has been praised for his “amazing commitment”.
They spent around 60 hours and almost £1,400 finally taking the test at a center in Redditch, Worcestershire.
Although the individual’s identity remains secret, his determination to continue his work is clear from the data received from the AA Driving School.
Learners must pass the exam before they can book the practical exam. Out of 50 multiple-choice questions, he must answer 43 correctly.
This is followed by a hazard perception test using 14 video clips. Data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) covers the first half of this year. It turns out that other learners have also taken the exam dozens of times.
These included those who passed on his 58th attempt at Hull, his 56th attempt at Guildford and his 54th attempt at Tunbridge Wells.
Learners who fail must wait three days before they can take the £23 test again. They also need to do it again if they don’t pass a practical within two years.
The pass rate for the theory test has fallen from 65% in the 2007/08 to 44% in 2022/23, according to the Department for Transport.
“There’s no doubt it’s a tough test and these learners’ commitment to passing is amazing,” said AA Driving School managing director Camilla Benitz.
“Nerves can undoubtedly play a part, as well as making sure you understand what the test will involve before you get there,” she added.
“It’s quite easy to underestimate the theory test and assume that you’ll be able to pass without any effort at all but that’s not the case.”
Several people have previously been convicted of taking theory tests for others.
Inderjeet Kaur, from Llanelli, was sentenced to eight months in jail last year for fraudulently taking about 150 theory and practical tests.