Fewer than half of city’s road-test takers passed in 2012

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The drop is likely due to schools dropping driver’s education programs. Credit: Getty Images/WireImage

Fewer than half of New York City residents striving for a driver’s license last year passed the road test, new records show.

Only 46 percent of 181,196 test-takers in the city passed the basic road exam, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s down from 52 percent of the total number of test-takers in 2005, The Daily News reports.

The drop is likely due to schools dropping driver’s education programs and teens who do not not practice enough for the test, experts told the News. A DMV spokesman said the exam has not gotten more difficult, the News reports.

Before taking the road test, would-be drivers must obtain a learner’s permit and take a five-hour defensive driving course. Drivers under the age of 18 are required to have 50 hours of supervised practice.

The results varied by borough, with drivers in Brooklyn slightly outperforming drivers in the other boroughs. Here’s how they did:

  • 51 percent of 34,452 test-takers passed in Brooklyn
  • 47 percent of 36,133 passed in Staten Island
  • 44 percent of 75,803 passed in Queens
  • 42 percent of 34, 808 passed in the Bronx

Road tests are not administered in Manhattan.



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