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Some learner drivers need as many as 21 attempts in a calendar year to pass their practical test, new data shows. The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) released the information after a Freedom of Information request for the 10 most prolific candidates every year between 2009 and 2018. In 2016, one driver passed on their 21st try that year, while a learner in 2018 failed 19 times before passing. In 2009, 2015 and 2017, a learner failed all 19 tests they took. Rules mean a learner has to wait 10 working days between failing and taking their next test. The DVSA said its priority was to "help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving". "Candidates should only attempt their test wh... Full story

20 July