Alappuzha: As the modified rules for driving licence test came into force on April 1, many candidates found it hard to pass the ‘H’ track test, leading to mass failure.

Some of the driving schools even boycotted the driving test, alleging that the revised rules have made the ‘H’ track test extremely difficult.

Of the 72 R.T. offices in the state, tests were conducted only in a few places on Saturday. Only a handful could pass the test where it was conducted. At Peerumedu in Idukki, only 3 people passed the test out of the 14 attended.

The MVD made seven modifications to the existing test procedures from April 1. For most of the candidates who failed the test, the toughest part was the gradient test. Many of them looked back while taking test on reverse gear. Also, the length of the pointer iron rod was too low that the candidates had difficulty spotting them.

Those who fail will have to pay Rs 300 fee and wait for 14 days to take a re-test.

Meanwhile, Transport Commissioner S Ananthakrishnan said that the MVD will not backtrack from the new driving test norms, which are being introduced as part of developing a ‘safe driving’ culture in the state.