Bogus instructors given warning

Fraudulent driving instructors have been warned they will not get away with their activities after a Derbyshire man was ordered to pay nearly £2,500 following a court case.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has reiterated its warning to bogus instructors following a case at Derby Crown Court when Mervin Mercer appeared for sentencing.

The DSA message is clear: If you are not an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) qualified to teach learner drivers, but continue teaching for money or moneys worth, you can expect to face ever increasing penalties.

Judge William Everard sentenced Mercer after he had been arrested on two counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of fraud by misrepresentation.

Mercer, 44, of Somercotes, Alfreton, received a 20-day recommended specified activity requirement, eight points on his driving licence and was ordered to pay £640 in court costs and over £1,800 in compensation to the pupils he had duped.

The DSA's driving instructor Registrar, Charles Morton said: "Illegal instructors are a danger to the public. They have not been assessed by us to ensure they are able to provide driving instruction to required standards."

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