NEARLY half of learners passed their driving test first time last year at Oxford test centre, according to the latest figures.

Data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency shows 49 per cent of would-be motorists passed their practical test on the first attempt there in 2018-19.

This was slightly higher than the average first-time pass rate for centres across Great Britain, 47 per cent.

Learners taking the test can pass with up to 15 minor faults, such as not checking their mirrors at the right time.

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Of the 2,345 people successful on the first try in Oxford test centre, 91 star pupils aced it with zero faults.

Overall, the centre conducted 10,082 tests between April 2018 and March this year, with 4,851 (48 per cent) people passing.

Men performed strongest: 52 per cent went on to pass compared to 46 per cent of women.

A total of 57 of the men, and 34 women passed the test with zero faults.

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Young people made up the majority of learner drivers in Oxford.

The majority of people taking their driving tests in Oxford were young people between the ages of 17 and 25.

A total of 6,582 young people took their driving tests in the Oxford test centre.

A little more than half of them, 3,298 (or 50.1 per cent), passed their driving test, slightly higher than the overall average of 48 per cent.

Under government plans, new drivers could be banned from travelling at night as part of proposals to improve road safety.

The rules, announced by the Department for Transport, restrict what motorists can do on the roads months after passing their test.

It is unclear for how long the measures would be in place after someone passes their test.

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The move follows statistics showing one in five new drivers are involved in crashes within their first year behind the wheel.

Joshua Harris, director of road safety charity Brake, said these ‘graduated licences’ would help protect younger drivers.

He said: “Young drivers are involved in nearly a fifth of all fatal crashes on our roads, a deeply troubling figure hugely disproportionate to the number of young licence holders.

More robust licensing would give them the “necessary tools and knowledge” to drive safely, he added.

Speaking earlier this year, former road safety minister Michael Ellis said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at ways to make them safer.

“Getting a driving licence is exciting for young people, but it can also be daunting as you’re allowed to drive on your own for the first time.

Mr Ellis added: “We want to explore in greater detail how graduated driver licensing, or aspects of it, can help new drivers to stay safe and reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.”