Driving lesson

British woman who passed more than 100 driving tests for people who struggle with English jailed

A UK woman who took more than 100 driving tests for others has now been jailed. Inderjeet Kaur, who is 29, admitted to taking around 150 driving tests, theory and practice, for learners between 2018 and 2020 and charging them £800 or around Rs 76,374 each.

As a result, she was jailed for eight months at Swansea Crown Court. According to YorkshireLive, the court heard Kaur committed the offenses across England and Wales, including in Swansea, Carmarthen, Birmingham and around London.

She was exposed when staff at the centers began to suspect that she was impersonating other candidates. After this a referral from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency was given and an investigation was launched by detectives in South Wales.

Judge Huw Rees told the court she likely could have made a fortune worth £120,000, or 1.14 crore Indian rupees, with the scheme. According to media reports, South Wales regional organized crime unit Tarian found it was offering to take driving tests for applicants who had difficulty with the English language.

Detective Chief Inspector Steven Maloney, who led the investigation, in a report by The Mirror, said: ‘The crimes committed by Kaur circumvent the driving review process and, in turn, endanger innocent road users, by allowing unskilled and dangerous motorists to have seemingly legitimate licenses. Safety on our roads has always been a priority and stopping those who break the law ensures that we can keep unqualified drivers off the road.

She further added: “Working with the DVSA, this complex criminal investigation has highlighted the extent of Kaur’s offense which was purely out of greed. Kaur’s delinquency has now been stopped and she has been brought to justice, and we welcome the sentencing by the courts.

Steven explained how such fraud poses significant risks to the general public by urging the public with information about such crimes to report them to the police.

Caroline Hicks of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said DVSA’s priority was to “protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles”. “Driving and theory tests exist to help ensure people have the knowledge, skills and attitude to drive on our roads,” he said.

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