Zutobi: ‘Belgium one of hardest countries to pass driving test’
The toughness of tests that drivers need to pass theoretically and practically varies dramatically from country to country. According to Zutobi, an international player in driving courses, Belgium is one of the most demanding nations to pass a driving test. It ranks 8th on the global list of most challenging countries.
Croatians face the biggest challenge. They live in the place where it’s the most arduous for passing a driving exam in the world. Besides Croatia, Chile (7th), Kuwait (6th), Montenegro (5th), Bahrain (4th), Hungary (3rd), and Brazil (2nd) are more demanding than Belgium.
Becoming a legal driver in Hungary and Montenegro requires medical and eye examinations, conditions Belgium does not impose. At least not for passenger cars. For professional goods transport and people, it’s necessary for Belgium too.
Not only are the Croatian driving tests very stringent, but they are also quite expensive — the average Croatian covers about 85 hours learning how to drive and spends more than 1 000 euros. So one would expect more Croatians in motorsports, no?
Mexico a breeze
On the other side of the index, one finds the countries where passing your driving exam is a breeze. The number one spot is for Mexico, where drivers only need to pass a theoretical exam but no practical test. Furthermore, the legal age for driving in Mexico is 15.
Second is Qatar, where one can already drive on public roads at the age of 14. Finally, the most accessible European country is Latvia, at a very low cost.
Zutobi regularly conducts this global survey on driving permits accessibility. They rank each country according to passing difficulty in a list called the Zutobi Index. Not all countries are listed, though, only those of which relevant data can be gathered. The list comprises 108 of 195 nations worldwide.
The research analyzes the cost of the driving exam, the minimum hours needed to take the test, and other requirements, such as theoretical exams and eye tests.