Barking (Tanner Street)

Based in a converted end terrace, Barking Tanner Street may not fit the usual mould when it comes to driving test centres. Nonetheless, this unassuming building is the starting point for thousands of driving tests every year—so, it’s worth getting to know a little more about it. Read on for directions, pass rates, test routes and much more about Barking Tanner Street.


84 Tanner Street Barking And Dagenham Barking Greater London IG11 8QF

Tests Offered at Barking (Tanner Street)

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


No car park is available at the test centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Tanner Street is a stone’s throw from central Barking, and the test centre is just three minutes’ drive from the bustling North Circular Road, making it an ideal option for learners throughout East London. To arrive there hassle-free, simply follow these directions. Please note that there is no public parking at the test centre—the car park behind the centre is for staff use only.

A Bit More About Barking Tanner Street

The location of Tanner Street test centre may be unusual, but it was no accident. In fact, the test centre can be found between the A123 and a residential estate—exactly the kind of varied road conditions that will put candidates through their paces on a practical test. For more general information about the town of Barking itself, follow the links below.

Barking Tanner Street Test Route

Though the DVSA no longer publishes test routes, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go into your test blind. You can get an idea of what to look out for on your test by looking at videos of Tanner Street test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Barking Tanner Street driving test routes. If you’re taking a driving course, your instructor will also be sure to introduce you to roads which commonly appear on test routes, including the North Circular, and junctions such as the Northern Relief Road roundabout. 

Barking Tanner Street Test Pass Rates

It’s easy to see why learners, instructors and examiners alike have a keen interest in pass rates. Thankfully, the DVSA provides plenty of information to satiate our curiosity. UK-wide pass rates stand at 45.9% as of 2019/20, for example, while Greater London’s learners have a 40.8% chance of passing. But how does Barking Tanner Street compare? The full details for pass rates in the last five years can be seen below.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
36.1% 35.3% 34.3% 34.5% 38.2%

It’s fair to say that this test centre hasn’t exactly distinguished itself in recent years, with pass rates falling below the London average. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, however, given the busy road conditions in the area. It’s also worth remembering that these are just stats—and it’s your own driving ability that will determine the result.

What If I Can't Go To Barking Tanner Street?

Looking to take your test in East London, but find that Tanner Street isn’t convenient for you? Not to worry—with over two dozen test centres in London, you have plenty of alternatives. The closest are Barking’s second test centre, Town Quay, and Goodmayes in neighbouring Ilford.

What To Expect On The Day

The format of the practical test remains the same no matter which test centre you head to. On the day, make sure you arrive 10 minutes early and bring your provisional licence. The test will then proceed with:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Your route will end back at Tanner Street test centre, and you’ll be given your result within a few moments of parking up. Pass or fail, you’ll be given a feedback sheet listing any faults you made, as well as receive additional verbal feedback. Successful candidates will also get a test pass certificate—the perfect pass photo accessory!

But What If I Fail?

Should you fail, take on board the advice you received in your feedback, get in some extra practice with your instructor, and give it another go as soon as possible. PassMeFast can help to speed things up by fast-tracking your test—simply call us on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Learning to drive shouldn’t take an age. That’s why PassMeFast offers intensive and semi-intensive driving courses in the Barking area, which can help you to get on the road within weeks. Check out our course prices page to find the right fit for you, and book online or over the phone by calling 0333 123 4949.