Driving test fraud figures.


The following figures were released in response to a parliamentary question from MP Karl McCartney from Lincoln.

Unbelievably there are dozens of people who try to cheat at the theory and practical driving test. There were 209 convictions from 2012 to 2016 with over half being dealt with by the Met police. These figures were released by the transport minister Andrew Jones.


The figures are small but not insignificant. There are normally around 1 and a half million practical driving test a year and nearly 2 million theory tests.

According to Transport Minister Andrew Jones, the majority of the investigations were conducted by the DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency).  The DVSA conducted both the theory and practical driving tests.

Please see below the convictions figures that were released by the transport minister.

Driving Test fraud conviction figures between 2012 to 2016

Driving Test fraud conviction figures between 2012 to 2016


Andy Rice who is the head of the DVSA counter fraud and investigations 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.”

Over 1,100 driving licences have been revoked due to fraud in the past five years.
Noel Gaughan who is head of intensivecourses.co.uk the driving school said the punishment for fraud of this nature is not severe enough. Having just one driver on the road who is unsafe and they themselves know they are unsafe (that is the reason they get someone else to do the driving and theory test because they know they would fail) is one too many.  I believe anyone caught driving without a full licence should be jailed for at least 3 years. By driving illegally they are putting the rest of us in great danger.

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