22 May 2022

46% of Kilkenny drivers pass test, but women less likely to pass driving test overall

46% of Kilkenny drivers pass test, but women less likely to pass driving test overall

The latest published figures show that 25% more men than women took and passed their driving test.

Experts at the newly launched online insurance broker say that while statistics indicate that women drivers have a lower incidence rate than men when it comes to major accidents or fatalities on Irish roads, driving test statistics from the CSO do not seem to tally with this higher safety record, given that so many more men than women pass their driving test every year. The online brokers say they are flagging these anomalies because they believe that unconscious bias and stereotyping might be holding female drivers back. 

Deirdre McCarthy of, an online motor insurance broker whose policy holders are primarily young female drivers commented,

“The most recent driving test statistics show that in 2019 98,493 men took the test and 55,876 passed - with an overall pass rate of 57%. In contrast, 87,886 women took the test, with 44,614 passing resulting in the lower pass rate of 51%. While this might not appear too big a gap if it appeared in isolation, perhaps for just one year, when we analysed the statistics from 2013 to 2018, we found a similar trend. 

"At the regional level, and in Co. Kilkenny alone, the most recent CSO statistics indicate that 11% more men than women hold a full license in the county – 31,194 compared with 28,005, with an overall pass driving test pass rate of 46.2%.


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