One in two Brussels candidates fails driving license exam

Almost half (49,5%) of candidates in Brussels passed their practical license exam last year. More than half, therefore, failed. This is what La Dernière Heure reports. However, the figure is changing for the better: only 44% of Brussels motorists passed their test in 2019 and 45% in 2020.

To put things in context: taking the test via the Meiser and Montgomery roundabouts or busy traffic intersections on the inner Brussels ring road can be significantly more difficult than taking the ring road in smaller and less traffic-heavy cities such as, say, Hasselt or Mons. The number of Brussels residents who are taking their driving test in Wallonia is growing by the way.

Due to corona

For some observers, the results of the two Brussels examination centers of Anderlecht and Schaerbeek should also be seen as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis, which led to the postponement of thousands of examinations and, in retrospect, an additional period for license candidates to improve their skills.

Yet the pass rate for driving tests in Brussels, where, as in Wallonia, the more severe driving license reform came in 2018, one year later than in Flanders, is rising slightly.

Passing rate rises

In 2018, for example, only 40% passed the practical exam. Of the total of 29 637 participants who took the exam, therefore, only 40 percent passed. In 2019, 44,09% of Brussels candidates passed the practical exam, a figure that increased slightly in 2020 to 45,2%.

The pass rate for the theoretical exam in Brussels has fluctuated around 36% in recent years: from 35% in 2018 to 32,47% in 2019, compared to 36,28% again in 2020.

Other regions

By way of comparison: four out of ten Walloons fail in their practical exam, bringing the pass rate to 60%. According to GOCA Flanders, in Flanders in 2021, 55,9% of young people up to the age of 20 passed the practical driving test compared to 47,8% of young people aged 20 to 30.

Also, for people learning to drive in the Brussels region, a first aid course has been an obligation since 2018. In the Brussels region, almost 14 000 candidates for a driving license followed first aid training in 2021.

Road safety institute Vias advocates for some time the introduction of a driving license based on points, to which measures and judicial sanctions are automatically linked up to a certain level.


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