(Original post by StarBunny)
Luck is absolutely a factor on whether you pass or fail - The luck of getting an examiner who can actually do their job.
Do some examiners fail people because they weren't paying attention? Yep.
Do some examiners fail people because they had been passing too many other people that day? Absolutely.
Do some test centres have a higher rate of failing people than other centres, even when roads and traffic nearby are very similar? They sure do!
I was failed once for 'not checking my left mirror as I moved lane to the left'. This was despite me clearly checking several times, in a very exagerrated manner (as taught by my instructor, because people happen to fail curiously often for that reason at my centre!), including when I was indicating, and before, and during, moving lane. So when he claimed that I didn't, it was a very clear and blatant lie, meaning...
1. He wanted to find a reason to fail me to reach his quota (or percentage), and so made a reason up.
or 2. He wasn't doing his job, and wasn't paying attention at all to my driving or mirror checks, and when he realised "oh darn, what do I put in this category", put it as a serious 'just in case'.
Thus! It was luck that I failed, as I did my test just great, and that was the only 'serious' point, which was something never even occurred. For anyone thinking of replying with "oh you must have done something wrong, the examiner is always
right"... nope. Really.
It's infuriating that the reason examiners get away with nonsense like this, is because people are so willing to take their side so easily, regardless of all the drivers getting failed for nonsensical reasons who are claiming otherwise.