Granny fails driving test 771 times

    A South Korean grandmother has failed the written exam on her driving test for the 771st time, but is hoping attempt no. 772 will be the charm.

    An official in the southwestern city Jeonju, 150 miles south of Seoul, says the 68-year-old woman took her first test in April 2005.

    Choi Young-Cheol, a police sergeant who supervised the test, said the aspiring driver had taken the test almost every working day since 2005. She recorded her 771st failure on February 2.

    The test-taker was only identified by her family name, Cha. Local media said that she sells food and household items door to door at apartment complexes, carrying the items in a handcart, but wants to get a car for her business.

    Choi said that Cha cannot pass the preliminary written section of the test, averaging scores of 30-50 whereas the pass mark is 60 out of 100. He said that she's spent some four million won (US$ 3,000) on test fees - and has told officials she'll keep on trying.



    After five years and 271 attempts to pass the theoretical part of his driving test, it was 272nd time lucky for South Korean Seo Sang-moon.

    Despite all his hard work Mr Seo is still not able to drive. Next he needs to pass the test's practical section.

    "Driving seems a bit hard. But after trying 271 times to pass... what do I have to be afraid of?" he said.

    The 69-year-old repairman said he was hampered by illiteracy, which meant he could not read a driving manual.

    Mr Seo told the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo: "Being a repairman travelling around North Gyeongsang and Gangwon provinces, the drivers license was a necessity, but I did not dare apply for the written examination because I am illiterate."

    "Only after 2000, with the introduction of the oral exam, was I able to apply," he said.

    Mr Seo took the test as often as he could, paying more than 1m won ($1,000) in application fees.

    Each time he learned a little bit more, until finally, earlier this week, he passed.

    Officials at the test centre were just as happy as Mr Seo.

    "He has been coming here for more than five years and we regard him almost as being one of the family," an official from the exam office told Reuters.

    Mr Seo said he was already preparing for his road test at a driving school in Yeongju City.

    "I am confident," he told the Chosun Ilbo. "I'm already discussing with my wife which car we should buy."


    772nd time lucky?

    BTW - if she has just broken the record, does that mean someone held if before on 770?


    Learner fails test after splash
    Exclusive: Mike Keegan
    September 08, 2008

    A MUM failed her driving test - for splashing a pedestrian when she drove through a puddle.

    Michelle Kelly said the examiner's decision was `ludicrous'.

    And she says she couldn't believe it when she was told the incident was classed as having a crash and she should have exchanged details with the soggy bystander.

    Michelle, 31, was more than half way through her test when she went through a puddle on Hazelbottom Road, Blackley.

    Water showered a pedestrian who was standing at a nearby bus stop.

    But Michelle, from Blackley, continued on her way back to the test centre in Cheetham Hill.

    She said: "I pulled in at the centre and the examiner said he'd failed me. He then spoke at length about the splashing. I didn't do it on purpose and didn't really think that much of it at the time but he said it was a fault.

    "Apparently it constituted a traffic offence and he was treating it as a road accident.

    "He said I should have pulled over and exchanged details with the pedestrian."

    The Highway Code does not specifically mention splashing pedestrians but rule 144 states you must not `drive without reasonable consideration for other road users' while rule 147 says `Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users'.

    Michelle, who works for a funeral director and has two boys, said: "It was my third test and I was really confident.To fail for something like that really annoyed me.

    "It's ridiculous. Why should you hand over your details? What good would that do? It wasn't as though I'd deluged this pedestrian. And if I'd swerved to avoid the puddle I might have caused an accident."

    Michelle said she was now faced with a bill of around £200 bill to take the test again.

    "It's a right pain," she said. "I'll have to wait until I get paid again. Then it's nearly £60 for the test, £40 to use the car for the test and I'll have to have more lessons in the meantime."

    She also said more needed to be done to make learners aware of the splash laws.

    "I spoke to a firm of driving instructor's with over 60 years experience and they had never heard of it."

    A spokesman for the Driving Standards Agency said they were investigating what had happened.

    Well good luck to her for the 772nd time - I hear its a charm!!!! :-D
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