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50% never sat theory test

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 4:36pm

Half of Irish drivers have never sat the driver theory test. That's according to a recent survey by, who found that five out of ten drivers never sat the test as they got their license before it was introduced. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, almost half of those sat their driving test more than 20 years ago.

The Driver Theory test was first introduced to Ireland in 2001 and is comprised of 40 questions and the pass rate is 35, with just 40 minutes allocated to answer all the questions on the test. Anyone aged 16 years and older can take the test.

Sinead McCann of said: “The introduction of the Driver Theory test has been a very positive development in terms of road safety and ensuring all young Irish drivers are fully prepared before they get behind a wheel of a car.

“Good working knowledge of the Rules of the Road is essential for all drivers. It would be interesting to see if those who never sat the test would pass today.”

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