February 28, 2009

Fraudulent Driving Instructor Given a Nine-Month Prison Sentence

An Instructor has received a suspended prison sentence for giving driving lessons after being struck of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Register 
Harjit Bhogal was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, and a three-month curfew between the hours of 10pm-7am. He was ordered to pay £200 compensation to a pupil and £1,400 court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Michelle Moston, Deputy Head of the Fraud & Integrity Team at DSA, said: “This case clearly demonstrates the reason why anyone who is paying for driving tuition must ensure that their instructor is licensed by the DSA. Before an individual is allowed to register as an Approved Driving Instructor they are assessed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to ensure that they are “fit and proper” and that they have a high standard of driving and instructional ability. This includes criminal record bureau checks.”
“It’s very simple to check that your driving instructor is licensed. Simply check that they display an in date pink or green certificate in their windscreen during driving lessons and that the photo ID is correct.”

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