Number of theory test cheats has tripled

The number of candidates caught cheating on their driving theory test has tripled over the last five years, Auto Express has found.

A crackdown by DVSA has seen the number of people investigated for cheating in their driving theory test increase threefold, with 454 cases logged with the DVSA’s fraud department in 2013/14, compared to 1,522 in 2018/19.

The increase follows the DVSA’s decision to take prosecutions for theory test fraud in-house, rather than rely on independent investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring cases to court. However, two million theory tests are administered each year, so this only represents a tiny proportion of all candidates. 

Andy Rice, the DVSA’s head of counter-fraud and investigation said his organisation “will take the strongest possible action against anyone caught cheating the theory test”, as the test is a vital part of ensuring “candidates have the knowledge and attitude to drive safely and responsibly, as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.”

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