Jail term for driving impersonator

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has issued a warning that impersonators who sit driving tests for others face prosecution, with tougher sentencing by the courts.

The message follows the sentencing of Palwinder Singh Johal to two years' imprisonment and a recommended deportation notice upon completion of his sentence.

Johal was charged at Oxford Crown Court with attempting to obtain property by deception and further counts of fraud by abuse of position. The property referred to were driving licences 0ly obtained through impersonating others at driving test centres.

Many people seek possession of a full UK driving licence not only as a driving qualification but also to establish proof of their identity to gain other identity documents and a credit standing within the UK, according to the DSA.

Andrew Rice, head of fraud and integrity for the DSA said: "Tackling impersonations is a key priority for the Agency as failing to identify offenders presents a significant danger to road safety.

"Through fraudulent and criminal means, impersonators gain entitlement to drive for those who are unable or unwilling to undertake the assessment to prove that they meet the required standard to drive on our roads."

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