Published: 30/06/2017 16:30 - Updated: 29/06/2017 15:50

Golspie passes the test with learner drivers


Golspie is good place for learners to take their test
Golspie is good place for learners to take their test


Golspie has emerged as the easiest place in the UK to pass a driving test.

Eight out of 10 learners are able to remove their L plates after taking the test in the village.

This is in comparison with Glasgow’s Shieldhall area where not even half of eager young drivers taking their test pass first time.

But in Golspie, the odds are well in the driver’s favour – with about 80 per cent of drivers passing, according to financial services comparison website

Driving instructor Alasdair Macdonald, of Brora, said there are about 70 to 80 learners who take their test in Golspie each year.

“I would say the majority of them are my pupils, maybe around 60 of them,” he said. “At the moment I’m running at 85 to 90 per cent pass rate.

“Golspie does not have a roundabout nor any traffic lights to talk of, but it is not an easy place to drive.

“There are plenty of blind corners etc and you face the same urban hazards as elsewhere. In some ways its easier to drive in Inverness.

“In fact the A9 has never been so busy as it is now with the NC500. The traffic has increased so much, there are a lot of cyclists about and drivers really have to concentrate.”

Among the lowest driving test centre by pass rate is Shieldhall on 40 per cent.

 Ahead of changes to the UK practical driving test, set to be introduced in December, one in three motorists believe the new test does not go far enough to improve road safety.

According to new research by, the percentage of drivers who are unconvinced by the new test is equivalent to 15 million motorists.

Despite resentment from some drivers, the Government hopes to make the practical test more up to date and reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on UK roads. This is especially aimed at those between the ages of 15 and 19 of whom a quarter of deaths are caused by road collisions.

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