A learner driver from Scotland has set a new record for the fastest fail of a UK driving test. Craig Barraza, 33, was starting his test at the King’s Lynn centre in Norfolk when he pulled out from the space where he was parked into the wrong lane of the road.
The luckless driver was still in the test-centre’s car park when his examiner remarked that he was driving on the wrong side of the exit road. Although Mr Barraza had failed the test within the first five seconds for this manoeuvre, he had to continue with the remainder of it.
Afterwards he said he had driven well during the next 40 minutes and believed he would have passed if it was not for the mind blank at the beginning. He explained that he thought he had had an evens chance of being in the right lane when he started off.
He carried on by saying he had not taken his driving test when he was younger as he was not confident of passing, but had felt sure he was mature enough to pass this time. He noted that his driving instructor and the examiner had five decades of driving test experience between them and they said they had never seen anyone fail their test so quickly.
Mr Barraza hails from Portlethen in Aberdeenshire and is currently working on a wind farm in Norfolk. He finished off by saying that he had lived in the UK all of his life so there was no logical reason for him to have picked the wrong side of the road.