Sligo has highest driving test pass rate nationally
Rathgar in Dublin is the location of the State’s driving centre with the
highest failure rate, while Sligo town has the highest success rates.
Some 57.1 per cent of applicants who took the test in Rathgar failed,
according to the latest statistics available from the Road Safety Authority
Also failing more than half of all applicants were Tallaght, Co Dublin
where 53.3 per cent failed; Shannon, Co Clare where 52.9 per cent failed; Naas,
Co Kildare where 52.57 per cent failed and Wicklow where 51.9 per cent failed.
The high failure rates contrast with those in Sligo where 72 per cent of
all applicants passed and Ennis, Co Clare where 71 per cent passed.
scoring high for pass rates were Roscommon (68 per cent); Loughrea, Co Galway
(65.5 per cent) and Clifden (65.3 per cent).
The figures which relate to 2015 are the most up-to-date available from the
RSA. They are available on the authority’s website rsa.ie They appear to
confirm the widespread belief that the west is best for passing your driving
Analysis undertaken by The Irish Times earlier this year similarly showed
it appeared to be more difficult to pass a test in Dublin and on the east
An average of driving-test pass rates between 2010 and 2013 shows Ennis
topped the table (68.1 per cent pass rate), followed by Sligo (67.8 per cent),
Tuam (64.5 per cent), Clifden (63.7 per cent) and Roscommon (63.3 per cent).
The greater Dublin area consistently recorded the lowest pass rates over
the same period. Rathgar’s test applicants were least successful (41.3 per cent
pass rate), followed by Raheny (41.9 per cent) and Tallaght (42.6 per cent) and
These test outcomes compare with a national average of about 54 per cent
between 2010 and 2013.
Younger drivers were more likely to pass the test, figures show, while male motorists had a higher success rate.