THREE motorists have had 11 attempts to pass their practical driving exam at Yeovil Test Centre in the last five years, the News can reveal.

Two more drivers took ten exams before they finally passed, four people had nine attempts before they had any success and 11 motorists needed eight attempts to crack the test.

Out of the ‘top 20’ driving test attempts from the centre, five were male drivers and 15 were female.

The News asked the Driving Standards Agency for figures on how many times it has taken people at the Yeovil Test Centre to pass their practical driving test in a car in the past five years.

The figures from the test centre are much improved compared to Taunton Test Centre, which saw one 23-year-old man pass his practical test at the 18th time of asking – a feat which could have cost around £3,000, including extra lessons.

Terry Beale, Somerset Road Safety manager, said: “There are often stories about people who can’t seem to pass their driving tests over many attempts, and one must remember that the stress of taking a test can be enormous.

“Something unexpected can take place on the test or, frankly, some people don’t have the skills to drive in a safe manner.

“Anyone wanting to take their driving test should learn with an approved driving instructor who will try to ensure that they’re ready to take their test.”