A woman has managed to fail her driving theory test 105 times, new figures have shown.
The hapless motorist is believed to be the country’s most incompetent candidate to date, according to data supplied by the Driving Standards Agency.
With the theory test costing £31, the woman from Essex has spent more than £3,000 so far - enough to buy a respectable second hand car, such as a 2005 Nissan Micra with 38,000 miles on the clock.
Her latest unfortunate tilt at the exam took place at Ilford, unfortunately the result was the same as the previous 104 attempts.
No other candidate has come near, though a man in Peterborough, Cambs is giving it his best shot with 84 attempts so far.
The theory exam, which must be passed before a candidate is allowed to take the practical exam, entails answering 50 multiple choice questions - with 43 correct answers required.
Candidates also have to take a hazard perception test, where 44 out of 75 questions have to be answered correctly.
The woman’s plight staggered motoring groups. “It is absolutely unbelievable,it must have cost her a fortune.” said Andrew Howard, the AA’s head of road safety.
“There are people who are not very good tests, people who are nervous and some just don’t prepare adequately.
“Cases like this raise the question that there are some people who just can’t pass a theory test.”
Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, added: “It’s hard to comprehend how someone could take the theory test this many times and fail.
“At the same time, HM Treasury must be pleased by her persistence since it represents a good income for the Government,” he added.
A Driving Standards Agency urged the woman not to give up. “She can still get revision books or even, if she prefers an app for her mobile phone.”