Driving Test Fraud: More Learner Drivers Caught Cheating

There has been an increase in learner drivers in the UK being caught trying to cheat the written and Practical Driving Tests by hiring lookalikes to take their tests

Driving Test Fraud: More Learner Drivers Caught Cheating

By The Acclaim Team on 27th January 2015 in News

More Learner Drivers Caught Cheating

There has been an increase in learner drivers in the UK being caught trying to cheat in order to pass the written and practical driving tests by hiring lookalikes.

DVSA figures show that from April 2014 to the end of December 2014, there were 677 reported cases, compared with 554 for the whole of 2013-14 and 628 in 2012-13, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) stated that:

The lookalikes are charging up to £1,800 to sit an exam. The DVSA said this type of crime was a serious offence, but extremely rare.

They stated that there has been 55 convictions for fraud offences, 37 people have been jailed and 97 driving licences revoked.

In 2011-12, there were 816 reported cases of driver fraud but with three months remaining of the 2014-15 financial year, that figure could be surpassed.

The DVSA says approximately 1.5 million written tests and 1.6 million practical driving tests are conducted each year.

Acclaim believe that the fraudsters are putting themselves in danger. The process of learning to drive and taking the practical driving test can seem hard, but it is nothing compared to someone faking a driving test pass and then driving on our roads when they have not completed their training and have very little experience.  They are a danger to themselves and other road users.

 

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