Search icon


29th Aug 2018

These are the most common reasons people fail their driving test in Ireland

Alan Loughnane

commuter delays

48% of people fail their tests each year in Ireland…

Passing the driving test proves very difficult for some people and the current pass rate for Irish people each year stands at a stubborn 52%.

There are many factors that can impact on test outcomes such as the level of preparation done by test candidates, nervousness on the day, whether tuition has been taken, age and the quality of such tuition.

Some of the main reasons for failing your driving test, according to the Road Safety Authority are:

  • Poor observation such as hazards
  • Poor positioning on the roads, which includes position to centre line
  • Not complying with road signs
  • Poor progress at junctions

In other news, in case you were interested, the RSA also have figures on the test centres which are statistically the easiest and the most difficult test centres to take your driving test.

Although the RSA are keen to stress that a high level of priority is given to ensuring that there is uniformity of standards at all driving test centres, to ensure that regardless of variations in location, test routes, or weather conditions, the test experience is similar for each candidate irrespective of where it is conducted or who carries it out.

Below are the pass rates for all the driving test centres in Ireland in 2017:

Pass Rate 2017 %
Athlone 59.19
Ballina 57.99
Birr 52.32
Buncrana 57.83
Carlow 49.71
Carrick-on-Shannon 62.60
Castlebar 56.53
Cavan 55.66
Churchtown 44.44
Clifden 64.46
Clonmel 51.08
Cork 48.80
Donegal 57.61
Dundalk 51.97
Dungarvan 52.94
Ennis 64.78
Finglas 46.12
Galway 61.32
Gorey 55.92
Kilkenny 45.65
Killarney 61.50
Kilrush 67.41
Letterkenny 57.41
Limerick 58.38
Longford 55.73
Loughrea 53.91
Mallow 61.23
Monaghan 56.18
Mullingar 59.78
Naas 52.56
Navan 54.62
Nenagh 51.26
Newcastle West 71.75
Portlaoise 52.26
Raheny 44.01
Roscommon 64.82
Shannon 50.07
Skibbereen 62.30
Sligo 65.86
Tallaght 47.19
Thurles 52.88
Tipperary 53.57
Tralee 63.18
Tuam 63.14
Tullamore 57.01
Waterford 57.02
Wexford 55.07
Wicklow 49.18
Overall Average 52.90


Home News,RSA