March 31, 2009

Phoney Instructor Ordered to do 200 Hours’ Unpaid Work

Fake Driving Instructor, Martin Bowyer, of Leek, was given a suspended prison sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud and having no insurance.

Bowyer charged up to £30 a driving lesson to teach students in his dual-controlled car, the court was told.

The prosecution followed a Driving Standards Agency (DSA) investigation.

Michelle Moston, from the DSA, said: “Our priority is for road safety and these people are a significant danger to the road safety of themselves and of other road users.

“There was no insurance for the vehicles used by Mr Bowyer and if there had been an accident nobody would have been covered.”

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “It’s always best to choose a large reputable driving school that has public liability insurance, such as Britannia Driving School, who will insure that all instructors are licensed by the DSA and all vehicles are roadworthy and fully insured. The driving school you choose should be large enough to replace the driving instructor if he/she goes on holiday or is off due to illness.”

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