Two years’ prison for test bribery ADI
An approved driving instructor has received a two year prison sentence for her part in a bribery conspiracy which allowed driving test candidates to pay for passes. A former examiner, who was also convicted, is awaiting sentencing.
A total of 75 suspicious tests at Barking driving test centre, Essex, were investigated, and 24 licences subsequently revoked after a tip off from a candidate.
Former driving examiner, Nick Madigan, from Canvey Island, admitted bribery and money laundering at a previous hearing. His case has been adjourned for sentencing.
The court heard candidates paid up to £1,000 a time for a pass. In some cases they didnt even have to take the test.
Andy Rice, head of DSAs Fraud and Integrity Team, said: “Criminals of this nature including those who paid bribes – put the lives of other people at risk by allowing unqualified drivers to get behind the wheel on their own.
“I am really pleased with this result and would like to acknowledge the value of the joint partnership work undertaken with the Metropolitan Police in this case.”
DSA launched a full investigation as soon as the allegations were made and Madigan has been dismissed.
Andy Rice added: Around 1.5 million practical driving tests take place every year and thankfully such crime is extremely rare. But we will always take the strongest possible action against any of our staff or approved driving instructors who fall short of the standards we and the public expect of them.”
In a separate case, former teacher Jin Su of Swinton, Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty to offering a bribe and common assault, after attempting to slip examiner Keith Ashcroft an envelope stuffed with cash during her driving test.
The mother-of-one handed over the money just before she tried a road manoeuvre. The packet contained between £400 and £500, Manchester Crown Court heard.
When Mr Ashcroft refused the bribe and terminated the test, Su attacked him, trying to push him back into the car. When questioned after her arrest she said the money was to bring good luck, but later admitted it was a bribe.
She was ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Ashcroft £100 compensation.
If you suspect anyone of driving test fraud, please contact the fraud and integrity team: firstname.lastname@example.org.