Most likely places in Essex to fail your driving test

Brentwood was the only place in Essex where more females passed their driving test than men – while overall still being one of the hardest places to pass.

Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show that in Brentwood 52.4 per cent of men passed their test in 2020 compared to 52.5 per cent of females.

Among the routes in Brentwood are Wilsons Corner and the Brook Street roundabout both of which are regarded as particularly challenging junctions to negotiate – not just for learners but for seasoned drivers too.

However, data shows that more learner drivers fail their test at Tilbury Driving Test Centre than anywhere else in Essex.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, a total of 1,300 tests were conducted at Tilbury – but only 586 learner drivers achieved a pass (45.1 per cent).

Female drivers fared particularly badly at Tilbury, with just 276 of 679 women who took a test succeeding in passing (40.6 per cent).

Meanwhile, 310 of 621 men who took their test at Tilbury achieved a pass (49.9 per cent).

The next most difficult location to take a driving test in Essex was Basildon where one in two drivers achieved a pass (49.4 per cent).

In Brentwood 52.4 per cent of men passed their test in 2020 compared to 52.5 per cent of females.

Overall 53.0 per cent taking a test in Essex last year were able to rip off the “L” plates from their car. The figures show that overall 55.9 per cent of men passed compared to the 50.4 per cent of women who passed.

The numbers of tests conducted in 2020/21 was far below previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

Only a handful of tests were conducted between April and June 2020, and none at all between January and March.

During the previous year there were a total of 33,523 tests conducted in Essex and 15,785 passes – a pass rate of 47.1 per cent.

That is probably because roads are likely to be busier, presenting more challenges to learner drivers – and more opportunities to fail.


Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter