A learner driver from Oxfordshire has had his driving test cancelled after the examiner claimed that his VW Golf car was too dirty.

18 year-old Jack Hyde said, “The examiner told me he came to work in suit trousers and expected to sit on a tidy seat”.

Jack contined, “There were a few croissant crumbs on the seat and a dog biscuit in the footwell, but he wouldn’t even give me 5 minutes to clean it”.

The cancellation means the learner driver has lost his £62 driving test fee and now must wait 6 weeks for a retest.
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Mr Hyde has made a complaint to the Driving Standards Agency who said they would look into it.

A spokesperson for Driving School Lessons, the owners of this news site said, “I feel for Jack as the examiner’s reaction does seem a bit excessive”.

They continued, “I wish Jack all the best for his test in a few weeks time and would encourage all pupils and instructors to make sure their vehicles are thorougly clean and tidy on test day”.

A 24-year old woman learner driver from Norwich has become one of the rare few people who have passed their driving test with no driving faults at all.

Learner drivers can make up to 15 faults during their practical driving test and still pass, with the average number of faults made by drivers being 9.

Commenting on her achievement, Kim Murton said, “I was always quite scared about driving and it took me years to pluck up the courage to have a lesson. It took me a long while to pick up even the basics”.

Kim continued, “I was shaking and nervous but I just knew I had to get through it. I am shocked but so pleased that I passed with no faults. I was told that was very rare and it is unbelievable how far I came really.”

Kim took her driving lessons over a nine month period with Stephen Lelievre, a driving instructor with 33 years experience, who runs the Popular Driving School in Thorpe Marriott.

Stephen said, “I talked to other driving instructors when this happened and they all said they had hardly ever heard of this happening before”.

Stephen continued, “I know people have come close but no errors at all is amazing. I am really proud of Kim because she was so nervous at first. She has come such a long way”.

Trevor Wedge, Great Britain’s Chief Driving Examiner at the DSA, said: “We congratulate Kim Murton on her result and wish her all the best for her driving career”.

Stuart Vaughan of Driving School Lessons, the driving school franchise specialist that helps instructors source new pupils, said, “This is a magnificent achievement. We pass on our congratulations to both Kim and Stephen”.

The practical part of the UK driving test is failed by 40% of people at least once.

The Road-S-Kill project has been launched for learner drivers in East Yorkshire by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Safer Roads Humber and local driving schools.

The project aims to reduce injury and death on the regions roads by giving learner drivers about to take their driving test a series of hard hitting presentations and videos on the dangers they face when on the road.

Subjects include the dangers of driving with loud music on, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding.

Steve Harrison, road safety officer for the fire service and founder of the Roads-S-Kill project said, “This is potentially the biggest thing the fire service can do to improve road safety in the region”.

Steve continued, “There are up to 300 new drivers on the roads in the area at any one time, so if we can get the message through to some of them, then that would be a massive achievement”.

The first presentation was delivered to a group of learner drivers from the Hull-based Elite Driving School.

The session also included interviews with relatives of youngsters who had been killed in road collisions.

Learner driver Aidan Wilby, 17, said: “I thought the presentation was really useful. It made me more aware of the effects playing loud music can have on your driving and I’ll definitely be more careful”.

Hairdresser Rayah Knight, 19, of Hessle, said: “It definitely made me think about some things I hadn’t considered before and I’ll make sure I always put a seatbelt on whenever I’m in a car”.

The RAC Foundation has also backed the campaign.

A learner driver in Croydon has made the news after finally passing her driving test 15 years after her first driving lesson.

According to This Is Local London, Andrea Whyte took her first lesson in 1994 and has since spent nearly £1,600 on 85 hours of driving lessons over the years.

Commenting on her success, Mrs Whyte said she had years of “poor driving instruction” with instructors who would “talk incessantly about home life and family issues, or regularly cancel lessons at the last minute”.

That was before she started lessons with instructor Andrew Bare, who, in 6 months, developed Mrs Whyte’s driving skills & confidence culminating in her pass.

Mr Bare said: “The moment Andrea got in the car with me she told me about her previous experience. “I asked her to show me her driving and I identified the main issue was with her confidence in her driving ability due to so many years of instruction, yet never being put forward for her test.”

Mrs Whyte is now looking forward to having the freedom to visit her friends and family without relying on the need for public transport.