When it comes to passing your driving test, one area is racing ahead in West London.

But the region as a whole does not stack up very well against the national average.

Data released under a Freedom of Information request shows 1.9 per cent of men taking their test in Uxbridge and passing first time were fault-free in the practical section of the two-part test, compared to 0.7 per cent of women.

But the ‘women drivers’ who took the test at the centre off Cowley Mill Road in no way reinforced any sexist stereotypes, equalling the best performance in West London, whose other test centres are in Hayes, Pinner, Greenford, Isleworth, Southall, Barnet and Tolworth.

The 2012-13 data is for all men and women taking their practical test for the first time.

So who is in the slow lane when it comes to passing?

Greenford managed a pedestrian 0.3 per cent perfection score for both men and women, closely followed by Hayes at 0.6 and 0.5 per cent respectively, chaps to ladies.

Isleworth was also parallel parked, at 0.6 per cent across the board, and Pinner echoed the Uxbridge score, coming a bumper’s width behind at 1.3 per cent and 0.7 per cent.

The numbers compare to national rates of 1.3 per cent for men and 1 per cent for women. The figures are expressed as percentages to allow comparison across widely varying raw numbers.

For example, just 1,072 young people sat their tests in the streets around the Uxbridge test centre during the year under survey; in Isleworth – the highest in West London – it was 2,540. Nationally, 651,037 people took their test for the first time in 2012-13.

 

The highest pass rate was 8.3 per cent; on the Isle of Mull, in Scotland, 8.3 per cent of men taking their test for the first time scored perfectly, the best in Britain.

But as this was only one man out of 12, comparison might be a bit artificial.

So what does it all mean? Richard Walker of Hillingdon Motorists’ Forum, the body that represents drivers’ interests in that borough, said the statistics could be good for kerbing the ruinous insurance premiums young drivers are forced to pay.

“I presume it means that people living here are the most safety conscious,” he said.

“Young male drivers tend to be a bit ‘gung ho’, so perhaps it’s a sign that our drivers are taking safety and driving skills more seriously.

“Let’s hope that it continues after they have passed their test.”

The results in full

Barnet 0.3% men  0.3% women (2032 total tests)

Greenford 0.3% 0.3% (1561)

Hayes 0.6% 0.5% (1295)

Isleworth 0.6% 0.6% (2540)

Pinner 1.3% 0.7% (2753)

Southall 1.1% 0.6% (2086)

Tolworth 0.4% 0.3% (1839)

Uxbridge 1.9% 0.7% (1072)

And just for the record, Melton Mowbray is England's best place for first-time, fault-free drivers. 4.6 per cent of all learners (men and women) passed first time with no faults.

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