Learner drivers convicted for using impersonators to complete test

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Lives are being put at risk by those who fraudulently sit driving tests on behalf of other people, according to Transport minister, Andrew Jones

Data recently published by Mr Jones reveals 209 people were convicted of using impersonators to take tests between 2012/13 and 2016/17, with more than half of all cases dealt with by the Metropolitan Police.

The data was released in response to a parliamentary question by Lincoln MP Karl McCartney.

An additional 111 people were convicted of taking the practical or theory tests in place of someone else.

Rachel Rawlings, head of Learner Driver at Admiral Insurance, said: “It’s worrying to think anyone would use a lookalike to sit their driving test on their behalf.

“We all know how tough learning to drive can be and how nerve-racking many people find sitting a test, but that’s no excuse for not doing it yourself. Providing you’ve paid attention in your lessons and got lots of practice – then passing your test shouldn’t be a problem.

“Passing first time shouldn’t be your priority, taking your test when you feel confident and ready to do so, should.”

In the past five years more than 1,100 licences have been revoked due to this kind of fraudulent activity, and in September 2016 a man was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence at Croydon Crown Court for taking a series of car, motorbike and lorry theory tests on behalf of others.

Andy Rice, head of counter-fraud and investigations at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), said: "The driving test is there to ensure that all drivers have the skills and knowledge to use the roads safely and responsibly.

"Anyone who tries to circumvent this process is putting innocent road users at risk.

"Driving test fraud is a serious offence and is dealt with accordingly. We have stringent measures in place to detect fraudulent activity and work closely with the police to bring all offenders to justice.”

This guide learning to drive guide offers some information on the top reasons learners fail their tests so you can make sure you practice these moves before your test.

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