October 5, 2009

Learner drivers duped by fake driving instructors

An investigation has been launched by the DSA (Driving Standard Agency into phony driving instructors when suspicions were raised by DSA examiners at driving test centres in and around London. Many learners were shocked to discover that their instructors were not qualified.

One offender, Deekan Vig of Southgate was found guilty of three charges of fraud by misinterpretation. He made thousands by conning learners into believing he was an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). However, he was caught out and given a suspended prison sentence on condition he carries out 100 hours of unpaid community service.

Mr Vig is not the only individual that has been caught and prosecuted. All suspected cases of illegal instruction are taken seriously and the DSA are working closely with the police. Illegal instructors are not only a danger to the learner but also to the general public.

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “All learners should check that their driving instructor is qualified. All qualified drivers will hold a pink or green badge containing a photo and an instructor number. Don’t be caught out!”

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