You would be surprised the number of learners who attempt to commit driving test fraud to get their theory or practical passed just that little bit quicker.
Some of the stories we have heard over the years about learners attempting to cheat have been shocking, yet hilarious, so we thought we’d share some with you along with some unbelievable statistics!
Driving Test Fraud – The Worst Cheating Attempts
Research by the Driving Standards Agency states that from just 2009 to 2012, there were a shocking 6,583 investigations into drivers who have suspected cheated in their theory or practical test. This is how it was split up, based around financial years:
- 2009 – 2010: 1,424 Theory Tests and 943 Practical Tests
- 2010 – 2011: 1,487 Theory Tests and 953 Practical Tests
- 2011 – 2012: 1,332 Theory Tests and 444 Practical Tests
Out of all of these investigations over the course of three years, 734 arrests were made, 200 of these were convicted and 1,510 driving licences were revoked.
Drivers Who Have Been Caught Cheating
One of the biggest examples of driving test fraud in Britain has to be those committed by Palwinder Singh Johal in Oxford. Johal was found guilty of sitting over 21 theory test, impersonating other learners charging them £100 at a time. After being caught, Johal was jailed for two years and then eventually deported!
According to BBC News, there have also been reports of illegal driving instructorswho are not registered to teach and have never even been trained, corrupting theory tests. They are paid to encourage translators to provide the correct answers in exchange for cash.
In more recent years, there has been a rise in the number of people using Bluetooth devices to cheat in their driving test. One ridiculous fail was an attempt by Isa Yazgi, who attempted to cheat, but still failed because he couldn’t get signal on his Bluetooth headpiece. He then tried a second time, again using a headpiece, but was immediately spotted by invigilators at the Hanley test centre. After investigating into the situation, it was uncovered that Yazgi has actually been set up by Turkish fraudsters who demanded he paid them £1,000 if he passed. Although Yazgi narrowly avoided jail, he was instead given a 12-month community order and 180 hours unpaid work.
A similar situation unfolded just last year by Zaid Sultan who was taking driving lessons in Sheffield. He attempted to use a Bluetooth earpiece he had connected to his phone which was hidden in his sock. The earpiece would stream a set of theory test answers. Unlike Yazgi, Sultan was unable to get let off a jail sentence and is now serving four years in prison.
Information stated in a Mirror article states that in 2016 alone, 467 cases of learners attempting to cheat using Bluetooth or Wireless technology was investigated by the DVSA.
It looks like the DVSA and the Police are becoming wiser to the driving test fraud being committed. So, long story short, taking your driving tests the honest way and just do not try to cheat your way through it!