Driving lesson

Woman who took driving tests for more than 100 people jailed for fraud

A woman who posed more than 100 times to get her driver’s license has been jailed, police say.

Inderjeet Kaur, 29, admitted having passed around 150 theoretical and practical driving tests on behalf of candidates between 2018 and 2020.

Swansea Crown Court heard Kaur commit the offenses across England and Wales, including Swansea, Carmarthen, Birmingham and around London.

Testing center staff began to suspect that Kaur was impersonating genuine candidates during the test.

Following a referral from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, an investigation has been launched by detectives in South Wales.

They discovered that Kaur offered services to test applicants who had difficulty with the English language.

Kaur, of Llanelli, pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court and was jailed for eight months.

Detective Chief Inspector Steven Maloney, who led the investigation, said: ‘The crimes committed by Kaur circumvent the driving review process and in turn endanger innocent road users, by allowing unqualified and dangerous motorists to have apparently legitimate licenses.

“Safety on our roads has always been a priority and arresting those who break the law ensures we can keep unqualified drivers off the road.

“Working with the DVSA, this complex criminal investigation highlighted the extent of Kaur’s offense which was purely out of greed.”

He added: “Kaur’s delinquency has now been arrested and she has been brought to justice, and we welcome the sentencing by the courts.

“Such fraud poses significant risks to the general public and I urge any member of the public with information about such crimes to report them to the police.”

Caroline Hicks of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said her organization’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,” she said.

“Bypassing tests puts lives at risk, we have methods in place to detect test fraud and we will crack down hard on those involved.

“This includes voiding test passes that were fraudulently obtained.”