The Burnett's learner drivers are failing almost 70 per cent of their practical driving tests, with new figures revealing the region's toughest testing centres.
The Burnett's learner drivers are failing almost 70 per cent of their practical driving tests, with new figures revealing the region's toughest testing centres. michaeljung

Where not to take your driving test in the Burnett

KINGAROY'S learner drivers are failing almost half of their practical driving tests.

The hub of the region has taken out the spot for the most difficult place for learner drivers to pass their tests across the entire Burnett, while Mundubbera and Gayndah has the highest success rate.

The South Burnett Times can reveal the region's failure rate of learner drivers since 2017 was 67.3 per cent, with over 2765 practical driving tests conducted across the North and South Burnett.

The RACQ's head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said there would be a "number of reasons" behind the different results at each testing centre.

"It could be some localised road conditions or network that make it more challenging for the student," he said.

"It might be higher traffic.

"It might be that they get a difference in the number of young drivers that are well prepared as opposed to not yet ready."

Mr Spalding said the statewide failure rate also showed the testing regime "was doing its job", and stressed it was important that driving schools were properly preparing their students for the test.

"To be properly ready to drive, you need between six and 10 lessons with a professional instructor - and sometimes more," he said.

"If the parents of a young driver can afford it, it's money well spent."

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said pass and fail rates depended on "individual skill levels".

"Our examiners, whether officers from Transport and Main Roads or the Queensland Police Service, ensure all tests are conducted in line with current policies and procedures," she said.

DRIVING CENTRE PASS RATE

Mundubbera Police Station: 128 passes, 27 failures - 82.6 per cent pass rate

Gayndah Police Station: 74 passes, 16 failures - 82.2 per cent pass rate

Nanango Police Station: 84 passes, 19 failures - 81.6 per cent pass rate

Murgon Police Station: 61 passes, 40 failures - 60.4 per cent pass rate

Nanango QGAP: 81 passes, 57 failures - 58.7 per cent pass rate

Murgon QGAP: 106 passes, 88 failures - 54.6 per cent pass rate

Kingaroy TMR Customer Service Centre: 1018 passes, 967 failures - 51.3 per cent pass rate

* data above is between 02-01-2017 and 10-07-2019, and includes centres that have conducted at least 50 tests over that period, and at least one year with 50 tests.