Driving test fraud conviction rates 2012 – 2017
Dozens of learner drivers were convicted of allowing an impersonator to sit a practical or theory test on their behalf between 2012 – 2017, UK Transport Minister Andrew Jones revealed. Learners engaged imposters as they were more likely to meet test standards. In contrast, it is likely that most imposters were paid.
In recent years, the number of learners convicted of such a crime were: 2015/16 (44), 2014/15 (39), 2013/14 (44) and 2012/13 (45). Another 37 have, so far, been caught in the year to March 31st
The number of motorists convicted of impersonation were: 2015/16 (23), 2014/15 (26), 2013/14 (22) and 2012/13 (12). Another 28 have, so far, been caught in the year to March 31st 2017.
Such offences can lead to a custodial sentence. In September 2016, Croydon Crown Court imprisoned a man for 2 years for taking a series of car, motorcycle, and lorry tests on behalf of others. A learner driver from Cheshire, in contrast, recently received 4 months for permitting an imposter to take a test on his/her behalf.