Passing your test still remains a major rite of passage, but did you know the first UK driving test cost 37.5p and began on 1 June 1935? France was the first country to introduce a driving test in 1893 along with vehicle registration plates and parking restrictions. In 1900 Vera Hedges Butler was the first British woman to pass a driving test. As tests hadn’t started in Britain, the intrepid Miss Hedges Butler went all the way to Paris to take the French one. The UK driving test celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2015.