Number of theory test cheats has tripled

Monday, October 21, 2019

The number of candidates caught cheating on their driving theory test has tripled over the last five years, Auto Express has found.


A crackdown by DVSA has seen the number of people investigated for cheating in their driving theory test increase threefold, with 454 cases logged with the DVSA’s fraud department in 2013/14, compared to 1,522 in 2018/19.


The increase follows the DVSA’s decision to take prosecutions for theory test fraud in-house, rather than rely on independent investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring cases to court. However, two million theory tests are administered each year, so this only represents a tiny proportion of all candidates. 


Andy Rice, the DVSA’s head of counter-fraud and investigation said his organisation “will take the strongest possible action against anyone caught cheating the theory test”, as the test is a vital part of ensuring “candidates have the knowledge and attitude to drive safely and responsibly, as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.”



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