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Learning to Drive in Luton
The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.
Luton’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is lower than the national average sitting at 43.1%.
The test centres in Luton are Luton which has a pass rate of 43.1%, Leighton Buzzard with 53.2%, Stevenage with 47.3%, and St Albans with 43.4%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Luton are in Letchworth with 57.1%, Watford with 47.8%, Bletchley with 52.7%. and Borehamwood (London) which has a lower pass rate of 51.5%.
Luton’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Bletchley, (Luton), (wheelchair accessible), Block 4, Government Buildings, Wilton Hostel, Wilton Avenue, Bletchley MK3 6DH
- Borehamwood, London, (Luton), Unit 1 Stirling Court, Stirling Way, Borehamwood WD6 2BT
- Letchworth, (Luton), Jackmans Place, Letchworth Garden City, Letchworth SG6 1RF
- Leighton Buzzard (Luton) Stanbridge Road, Leighton Road, Stanbridge, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4QG
- Luton, (Luton), 6 – 10 Adelaide Street, Luton LU1 5BT
- Stevenage, (Luton), 3 Drapers Way, Stevenage SG1 3DT
- St Albans, (Luton), (wheelchair accessible), Beauver House, 6 Bricket Road, St Albans AL1 3JX
- Watford, (Luton), CP House, Otterspool Way, Watford WD25 8HU
Luton’s Theory Test Centres
- Corby, (Luton), Unit 2, Oakley Vale District Centre, Butland Road, Corby NN18 8QT
- Milton Keynes, (Luton), Ground Floor, Ashton House West, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 2AH
- Northampton, (Luton), West Suite, First Floor, Charles House, 61 – 68 Derngate, Northampton NN1 1UE
- Rushden, (Luton), Park Road Baptist Church, Park Road, Rushden NN10 0RG
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Luton – did you know?
- Bedfordshire University is in Luton. The university has a student population of more than 15,000 and specialises in business and economics degrees.
- Luton’s airport opened in 1938. Today it is a major transport hub with more than 46,000 flights in and out in the early pandemic years. It’s the fifth busiest airport in the UK.
- Luton Carnival is the UK’s largest one-day carnival. It’s celebrates on the May Day bank holiday each year.
- Vauxhall’s largest factory was in Luton and the Headquarters is still in Luton today. More than 200 people work for Vauxhall in Luton with word that a further 15,000 jobs are to be created through warehousing activities at the old factory site. Unsurprisingly, Vauxhall cars are the most popular choice of wheels in the town.
- Throughout the Second World War, the Vauxhall factory switched from making cars to making Churchill tanks for the British Army. Sadly, numerous airstrikes from the Luftwaffe damaged the factory and the town as the tanks weren’t camouflaged from passing aircraft.
- Luton was famous for millinery throughout the 18th A hat made and purchased in Luton was a fine thing and hat makers can still be found in the town today.
- Luton’s Football Club are known as the Hatter’s, most likely due to the town’s history rather than the sanity of their players.
- Luton’s Town Hall was burnt down in 1919 during riots over the Peace Parade in London. The lavish parade incensed returning servicemen and their families who though the money would have been better spent on re-integrating soldiers to peacetime Britain.
- The famous cricketer, Monty Panesar, began his cricketing career in Northampton but was born in Luton.
- Human occupation and settlement in Luton dates back to around 250,000 years ago. Palaeolithic remains have been excavated in the area.