A WOULD-BE lorry driver arrested for his part in a HGV theory test scam has finally been brought to justice after going on the run for seven years.
Kuldeep Singh Sidu (32) paid someone else to take his written test in 2009 after failing the exam four times.
The identity scam was one of several operating throughout the country, where imposters were paid to sit HGV theory tests, charging up to £500 a time.
An investigation was launched after the test centre’s computer system discovered several of the theory tests had been booked using just two credit cards.
Sidu’s theory exam was taken by someone else and he was arrested when he turned up to take the practical test. Police used CCTV footage to identify him and others involved in the scam.
Denying a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud, Sidu went on trial in 2009 and was convicted. He was released on bail and went on the run for seven years. Arrested earlier this year, he was brought before Cardiff Crown Court last month.
Jailing him for 24 weeks and fining him £2,000, judge Eleri Rees told Sidu:
It was clear this had become a significant problem for driving test centres and there were complaints from around the country of people impersonating others and taking their tests.
The real harm is in undermining public confidence in the licensing system and in the very real risk of having incompetent drivers driving heavy goods vehicles on our roads.