Driving theory test cheats caught using bluetooth headsets

Posted On 26 Sep 2019 at 4:31 pm

Two Brighton men have been convicted of using bluetooth headsets to cheat on their driving theory tests.

Zirak Ali, 18, and Chnar Bibas both pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates Court to having a bluetooth communication device in order to commit fraud.

The pair were caught on different days in December last year at the Brighton Theory Test Centre.

The cheats are the latest to be caught taking part in the scam, which has been uncovered in other areas of the UK. Fraudsters use hidden bluetooth devices to be fed the answers to the questions as they sit the test.

In 2017/18, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) caught 126 people cheating using technology such as bluetooth devices.

On 4 September, Zirak Ali, 18, from Upper Lewes Road pleaded guilty to the charge of having a bluetooth device to commit fraud on 27 December and was fined £60 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £60.

Chnar Bibas, 40, of Tivoli Crescent, was due to appear at court the same day but failed to attend. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to having a bluetooth device to commit fraud on 5 December.

He was given an eight-week 6pm to 6am curfew and an electronic tag, ordered to pay victim surcharge of £85 and costs of £650. His bluetooth device will also be destroyed.

The DVSA, which brought the prosecution, was approached for comment.

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