Paul Bennie, an ex driving test examiner has claimed it was part of his job to fail almost two thirds of women learners, the Daily Record has reported.

Paul worked for the DVSA for less than a year, and has claimed he was “introduced to the Chi system which generates the average pass percentages.

Paul claimed the computer generated pass marks meant 35-38% of women students, and 43-45% of male students would pass, adding “examiners could be told that one week they were too high on male passes, then the next week too high on female passes. They would fail some people to average it out.”

Whilst the DVSA do use computer programmes to predict pass rates, they heavily deny the use of any computer system to set targets for examiners or alter the outcome of any test. Each driving test centre has its own pass rates, which is heavily dependent upon their location, for instance, a rural test centre with less traffic and less complicated roads are likely to have a higher pass rate than a busy city centre one.

A spokesman for the DVSA has said “Examiners are never given a target pass rate and every test is assessed on its own merits.”

It is common urban legend that examiners have to fail a certain percentage of tests a month, with overly confident students often believing their failed test was unfair or ‘fixed’.

With over 2000 driving examiners in the UK, none of which stepping forward to support Paul’s claims, he is facing very strong scepticism.

Actual pass rates for 2015 to date are 43.3% for women, and 50.5% for men.


  1. I was an examiner for 18 1/2 years and never once was I expected to pass or fail to set figures. I just did what I had been trained to do, and that is to pass or fail on their driving.

  2. Hi David,
    I would like to think your observations are correct, but unfortunately it is not the case.
    There are percentages which have to be equalled out. I am sure you are honourable, but this is not always the case.

  3. I would agree I think some examiners fail people and don’t even know what to say to pupil when they failed them because they can’t truly remember what they was supposed to have done the test is fixed 100% like most things in this country


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