Following the news today that more than 1,100 driving licenses have been revoked because they were obtained fraudulently in the last five years, Sarah Hill has commented on the issue.
The newly published statistics reveal that over 209 drivers have been convicted for using someone else to sit their practical driving test and an additional 111 people have been reprimanded for impersonating someone else.
Commenting on the news today, Sarah said: " The use of stand-ins for a driving test represents a serious risk for both the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and insurers, putting an under-qualified and unlicensed individual in a situation that could have significant costs, both financially and in terms of human life.
“While the statistics on convictions are low in comparison to the total number of tests taken in a year, it does not take into account those that escape custody. Despite more than 1,100 people having their licenses revoked due to fraudulent activity in the last five years, just 20 per cent of those have received criminal convictions. This indicates a distinct lack of a deterrent when it comes to these types of offences, and government should look at its punishment guidelines for these fraudsters."
Sarah's comments have been published in today's edition of the Daily Mail. To read the full article please click here.