London: Third time's the charm? Not for this British woman, who managed to fail her driving theory test for the 105th time. The hapless motorist is believed to be UK's most incompetent candidate to date, according to data supplied by the Driving Standards Agency. The woman's latest unfortunate tilt at the exam took place at Ilford, the result was the same as the previous 104 attempts, The Telegraph reported.
No other candidate has failed their theory test so many times, though a man in Peterborough, Cambs is giving it his best shot with 84 attempts so far. The theory exam, which must be passed before a candidate is allowed to take the practical exam, entails answering 50 multiple choice questions - with 43 correct answers required. Candidates also have to take a hazard perception test, where 44 out of 75 questions have to be answered correctly.
The woman's plight has staggered motoring groups. "It is absolutely unbelievable,it must have cost her a fortune," said Andrew Howard, the Automobile Association's head of road safety. With the theory test costing 31 pounds, the woman from Essex has spent more than 3,000 pounds so far - enough to buy a respectable second hand car. "There are people who are not very good tests, people who are nervous and some just don't prepare adequately. Cases like this raise the question that there are some people who just can't pass a theory test," Howard said.
"It's hard to comprehend how someone could take the theory test this many times and fail," Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, added. "At the same time, HM Treasury must be pleased by her persistence since it represents a good income for the Government," he added. A Driving Standards Agency urged the woman not to give up. "She can still get revision books or even, if she prefers an app for her mobile phone," it said.