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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Driving Test

The driver's test was invented in France. In 1893, drivers of all self-propelled vehicles had to undergo an exam that included driving ability and vehicle repair.

The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, Pennsylvania in 1934.

The driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom with the Road Traffic Act 1934. Would-be drivers had to arrange to meet an examiner at a post office or town hall. The first driving test pass slip was presented to Mr. R. Beene of Kensington, a pupil of the British School of Motoring on March 16, 1935. He paid seven shillings and sixpence (37.5p) to take the test.

The test was initially voluntary to avoid a rush of candidates until June 1, 1935 when all people who had started to drive on or after April 1, 1934 needed to have passed the test. 246,000 candidates put themselves forward during the first year of compulsory testing. The pass rate was 63 per cent.

A BEST Bus used for driving tests in Mumbai. Author AroundTheGlobe, Wikipedia Commoms

In Pakistan, the practical test involves one simple task: driving through a short course of cones. There is an 80% pass rate.

Egypt's driving test at one time consisted of steering a car forwards and backwards a distance of six feet. It was subsequently made harder by painting white lines at the appointed stopping marks.

In the Netherlands, drivers taking their license exam are required to open the door with their right hand, thereby turning their torso and allowing them to see any oncoming cyclists, hence the term "Dutch reach."

In France if you fail your driving test you have to wait up to a year to retake the test.

In Switzerland, if you fail your driving test three times, you have to visit a psychologist to explain why.

In Mexico anyone over the age of 18 can buy a driving licence, it isn’t necessary to take a driving test.

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne took 19 goes to pass his driving test, before eventually passing in 2009 at the age of 60. The Black Sabbath singer fell asleep during one driving test, waking up to a note saying "you have failed."

Michelle Rodriguez didn’t have a driver’s license when filming started on The Fast and the Furious.

Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age the age of three, according to a textbook in North Korea.

In Japan, you are required to display a sticker on your car for one year after getting your licence to alert other drivers of your low levels of driving experience.

Source The Daily Record

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