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The world of motoring is constantly changing. In recent years, we’ve seen major changes to the driving test, new rules and regulations surrounding car insurance, and the announcement of a future ban on petrol and diesel cars. Add that together with new models and emerging technologies, and there’s a lot to keep up with. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated news section to help you stay in the loop with all things driving. You’ll find all the latest news from car manufacturers, government bodies and other companies in the motoring industry, as well as useful breakdowns to show what it all means for you.

New Year, New Skill: Driving Towards Your 2022 Goals

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Getting healthy, stopping smoking, learning a new skill and travelling more are some of the UK’s most popular New Year’s Resolutions. But as surely as leaked images follow government mishaps, so too do setbacks happen, goals get broken and hopes of a new start are dashed. We’re not best placed to offer advice on balanced diets or regular exercise, but we do pride ourselves on helping wannabe drivers fulfil their ambitions (nearly 6000 pupils passed their tests with us in 2021!).  So...

2021 In Rear-View: What The Year Brought PassMeFast

2021 challenged us with more home-working, cancelled tests and disrupted driving lessons.  But throughout it all, PassMeFast reached for new heights as we helped a new generation of drivers get on the road. Here are some of the exciting things that happened for us (and you!) this year: Most of all, we want to say a HUGE thank you for making us smile with all your understanding, feedback and happy pass photos. Keep checking in with the blog to see...

Driving Test Pass Rates Revealed: How UK’s Learners Performed in Q2 2021/22

DVSA Pass Rates Revealed: July-September 2021

If you’re learning to drive (or simply just a sucker for stats), it’s the perfect day for a spot of light reading. Why? Because new driving test stats just dropped! Today we’ll learn the theory and practical driving test pass rates from July–September 2021. Buckled up? Let’s get going… The latest practical driving test figures The DVSA has revealed that 401,365 driving tests were taken between July and September 2021. This sounds like a mahoosive number and is the highest...

DVSA Driving Test Examiner Strike: Everything You Need To Know

LATEST UPDATE (12:10 18/10/2021) The DVSA test examiner strike originally scheduled for 11th–12th October was pushed back to 18th–19th October. Now the DVSA has announced the strikes are suspended indefinitely as discussions continue. Here’s the latest official statement from the DVSA: The Public and Commercial Service (PCS) has agreed to suspend industrial action while talks continue. This means there will be no industrial action on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October 2021 and action short of strike (work to rule)...

How To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Any PassMeFast Emails

Spam folders — we all love the way they shelter our inboxes from scams, bots and strange propositions. But sometimes an email spam filter can be a tad too keen and send important “non-spam” emails into the wrong folder, leaving you wondering: “Why aren’t I receiving any emails from PassMeFast?!” When this happens, you can miss some really important info; like an update on your driving course, test date or instructor’s details. To stop any spam spanners from being thrown...

First Pass Rates of 2021 Revealed — How Lockdown Impacted Learners

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The last year has been a bit rubbish (okay, a lot rubbish) for learner drivers. Lockdown prevented lessons and tests for months and when test centres finally reopened, the demand has been so high that many people still haven’t got their licence. But, it’s not all doom, gloom and misery — there’s a faint light at the end of this tunnel. The DVSA has released the first test stats of 2021 (Q4 of the financial year 2020–21), so let’s see what...

Driving Abroad: GB Stickers Make Their Exit

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Euro road trip planned for later this year? The latest target for Brexit law changes is the GB sticker. Remember, failure to display the correct stickers and carry the correct equipment can land you with a fine — not the best way to spend your holiday Euros! Here’s everything you need to know: GB Sticker Exiting on 28 September 2021 After 111 years, the GB sticker that Eurotripping drivers have been donning on their bumpers are being scrapped. In its...

How the Theory Test Will Change in 2021 — Everything You Need to Know

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With a pass rate hovering below 50% the theory test is a sticking point in many learner driver’s journeys, but 2020 introduced a new theory test shaped pothole. Once you’ve passed the theory, you have 2 years to sit the practical test before the certificate expires. If it expires before you pass the practical, you must retake the theory. The DVSA says this is because the theory test questions and format changes over time, so they refuse to extend any...

April 2021 News Roundup

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Howdy there, readers! We’ve reached the end of another month, and have already seen one third of 2021 fly by. Where does the time go?! In the world of motoring, this has been a particularly exciting month. With lockdown coming to an end, we can finally look forward to getting on the road and travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain again. A summer of road trips? Count us in! Of course, as well as looking forward to what’s...

10 Most Common Reasons for Failing a Driving Test (and How You Can Avoid Them)

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The stats don’t lie: more practical tests result in a fail than a pass. So, how can you avoid the most common mistakes that learners make and pass your test with no sweat? Well, luckily for the UK’s learner drivers, the DVSA has revealed the top 10 reasons that people failed their driving tests in 2019/20. In this guide we take an in-depth look at each mistake and how you can avoid them. Let’s get to it! Table of contents:...