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Driving Test Impostors

Driving Test Impostors
George Trout
  • On February 6, 2015
  • http://www.insurelearnerdriver.co.uk

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have recently revealed figures that show there has been a rise in ‘lookalikes’ attempting to take the practical driving test and theory test on behalf of learner drivers.

Criminal gangs who are charging between £1,800 to complete a single practical driving test and £800 for a theory test are carrying out the impersonations.

The figures reveal that from April- December 2014 a total of 670 driving test impersonation cases were reported, 188 people were arrested, 37 jailed and 97 driving licences have been revoked. Compared to a mere 158 impersonation cases being reported just over a decade ago in 2004, these figures are astonishing.

Considering technological advances and various improvements that have been made to the driving test over the years, impersonations should be something that is almost unheard of. However it appears to be hotter than ever.

BSM head Mark Peacock states: “The process of learning to drive and taking the test can seem a lot to take on, but it is nothing compared to someone faking a test pass and then attempting to teach themselves once they have passed their test. The test is there for a reason.”

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Ward from the Met Police Road Crime Intelligence Unit, said: “Safety on our roads has always been a priority for the Met and arresting those who flaunt the law and pay someone else to do their practical test means we can keep unqualified drivers off the road.”

We agree that the entire learning to drive process, including the test, is something that needs to be experienced before venturing out onto the roads alone. Although repeat failures can seem like a never-ending process, impersonations are not the answer. It is a serious criminal offence.

Anyone aware of driving test fraud should contact the DSA Intelligence Unit on 0115 936 6051 or email [email protected]

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