DVSA warns learners over copycat sites

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has warned learner drivers not to use copycat websites when booking their driving tests.

According to the DVSA, there are several websites that appear to be official and approved, but charge an extra £30 on top of the original fee to book the driving test.

What’s more, the websites often tend to carry the promise of a free retest if the learner fails the first time round, though few drivers actually qualify when the fine print is read.

Currently, the cost of a driving test sits at £25 for the theory test and £62 for the practical test, though the DVSA reports that these figures can be grossly inflated by counterfeit websites.

The DVSA’s chief executive, Alastair Peoples, said: “It is unacceptable that some of these websites try to trick learner drivers into paying an extra fee to book their driving test.

“We want to make sure our customers are aware of the risks of these websites and know how to avoid them.”

Mr Peoples said that along with raising awareness for customers and drivers, the DVSA would also be working closely alongside other government departments to remove adverts for the scam sites.

Working with organisations including the Advertising Standards Authority and the National Trading Standards Board, the government is aiming to ensure enforcement will be taken where appropriate.

Likewise, the DVLA also sent a warning to drivers last week concerning similar fraudulent sites that are attempting to con drivers out of their personal details.

According to the driving authority, false messages claiming to be from the DVLA are asking drivers to enter their license details, which can be used to steal money and falsify identity information.

DVLA spokespeople say that the scammers are attempting to exploit confusion over the recent tax overhaul, which has done away with the need to display paper tax discs in car windscreens.

The government has stated that it’s due to take action against rogue websites and scammers who masquerade as legitimate government sources and attempt to leech money from unwitting people.

In the meantime, the DVLA has urged any drivers who come across copycat websites or scam emails to ignore and delete them, and to flag it up as a misleading site.