More truck driving students take their road tests in small towns

Brampton, December 4. 2015 (CINEWS): The pass rate for those giving their truck driving test is a low 55 per cent at the Brampton DriveTest centre, but 92 per cent in Bancroft, a small rural town a couple of hours away from the GTA.TEST
Many truck driving schools take their students to testing centres in smaller towns because they can get a date and have a better chance at getting their licenses on their first attempt, some who are compelled by circumstances or convenience to take their test in Brampton feel it is really unfair.
In a way yes it is. Highways in the GTA are congested at any given time. It can be very stressful for a new driver, especially with a stern inspector sitting next to you taking notes while you drive. On the other hand, taking a test in a small town is easier by default- the highways are mostly empty at certain times of the day. There are fewer chances of making a mistake and the level of difficulty is far lower, which explains why drivers pass those tests on their first attempt.
Even Hamilton’s pass rate between 2010 and 2014 was 82 per cent, the eighth highest in Ontario.
Driving schools charge students anywhere between $300 and $500 extra to take them out of town for their road tests and despite the cost, many driving students prefer to do it elsewhere given that the odds of getting that license is a lot higher.
But does it mean that those getting their licenses on their first attempt from test centres in small towns are tested adequately? According to the Ministry, yes. But there is no disputing the fact that driving on a highway in the GTA is much more of a challenge than cruising down a highway in rural Ontario. Ꮠ

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