Newly released data has shown men have higher driving test pass rates than women at centres in Bromley.

At the Bromley Court test centre, 45.5 per cent of men who took the practical test between April 2017 and March 2018 passed. This is compared to 37.4 per cent of women.

At the West Wickham test centre in the same period, 56.5 per cent of men passed as opposed to 45.6 per cent of women.

There were 7,576 tests in Bromley Court during the time period, 4,210 for women and 3,366 for men.

The West Wickham centre conducted 9,823 tests, 5,680 for women and 4,143 for men.

Despite appearing to be better drivers when starting off, figures also show more men have accidents resulting in them having to pay higher premiums.

A new driving test was introduced in December, partway through the period covered by the latest pass rate figures.

Changes include learner drivers being asked to navigate 20 minutes using a satnav, explain how to test brakes, clean the windscreen and demist windows while driving.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency deputy chief driving examiner Gordon Witherspoon said: "DVSA's priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.

"All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.

"We expect candidates and instructors to become more familiar with the new test and will continue to monitor the impact of the changes."