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Learner Driver Jailed After Cheating On Theory Test

The 39-year-old was caught cheating on his theory test with a hidden device.

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A man has been jailed for six months after cheating on his Theory test using a Bluetooth device.

The Crime

In December 2015 Talat Arab used a Bluetooth device to receive secret messages from someone outside of the exam room. Examiners noticed Arab acting suspiciously so they stopped the test and removed him from the building. However, in January Arab booked another theory test and when he turned up to sit the exam for a second time, he was arrested on the spot. The Birmingham Mail reported that there are approximately 300 incidents of Driving Test Bluetooth fraud each year. A mobile phone is hidden on the person taking the exam, which allows a connection with someone outside the test centre who will attempt to provide answers. The DVLA found there is a wide selection of devices which could be used to help people cheat including caps, watches, clothing, pens, calculators, erasers, hairbands, hairclips and pendants ranging in cost from £60 to £250.

The Verdict

Arab was sentenced on plea at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 5th May, after pleading guilty to possession of an article for use in fraud. It was revealed he had four previous motoring offences as the 39-year-old was sentenced to six months in prison.

DVSA

Andy Rice, Head of Fraud at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said: “Although instances of Bluetooth fraud are rare in relation to the 1.8 million theory tests which are taken each year, DVSA continues to take them seriously and work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice. Theory test centre staff are trained to spot the signs of fraud. This sentence sends out a clear message that this is a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly.” As technology continues to develop, people are going to find more innovative ways of using it to commit crimes, and in this case, use it to try and cheat on their Theory driving tests. However as the six month prison sentence awarded in this case shows, the potential punishments for getting caught cheating are severe and will hopefully convince others not to follow the same path.

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