Increase in driving test fraud

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Record numbers of learner drivers are risking jail by using impersonators to cheat on their driving tests.


Figures from DVSA show there were 889 cases of driving test fraud reported in 2018/19.


Learners are paying up to £1,600 for an impersonator to sit their practical test for them and up to £800 for the theory test.


As well as causing danger to other road users, offenders face driving bans, heavy fines and even jail time.


The latest figures seem to show a growing problem, with 755 cases registered in 2014/15, but just 158 back in 2004.


In response to the figures, DVSA said better detection was one of the main reasons behind the sharp increase in the number of fraudsters. Mark Dunnery said: “At the theory test centre we have CCTV which can identify whether the person is acting suspiciously.


“The message to anyone that is thinking about doing this is: it won't be tolerated. We are on top of that regularly and we're having more effective results year on year. The chances are you'll go to prison.”


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