Driving test fraud on the increase

New figures released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has shown that the number of incidences of driving test fraud has increased over the past four years.

In 2004 there were only 56 discovered cases of fraudsters illegally taking a test on behalf of someone else.

In 2007 there were 168 detected cases of impersonation, a scam which apparently costs an average of £500 per test.

It is feared that the cases which have been unearthed are just the tip of the iceberg.

Separate figures from the AA show that drivers who have not passed a test are up to nine times more likely to have an accident and there is a greater chance of the accident being a serious one.

A spokesman from the RAC Foundation told the Daily Telegraph: "Some people see driving licence fraud as a kind of bureaucratic fraud rather than a road safety fraud.

"But it can be a matter of life or death."

The government is constantly making the driving test harder to pass in an effort to improve road safety and, perhaps, keep down the numbers of drivers on UK roads.

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