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Blue Monday for learner’s licence cheat<p>​</p><p>A 31-year-old Delft resident landed in hot water on Monday 19 February 2018 when a vigilant examiner at the Milnerton Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) caught him cheating on his learner’s licence test.</p><p>The examiner noticed that the applicant was acting suspiciously and when she approached him, she noticed he was copying answers from a piece of paper that he had with him in the examination venue.</p><p>The suspect hid the piece of paper when approached and denied that he was cheating on the test. However, he was later found in possession of a sheet of paper with answers to all of the questions for the learner’s licence test and was subsequently arrested.</p><p>‘This is an extremely brazen act, but also deeply concerning because no group of applicants is given exactly the same test paper. This suspect had answers for all of the questions so it raises the possibility of inside involvement. This will be part of the investigation into this matter, but needless to say it is extremely disappointing,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>In April 2017, a 19-year-old man was arrested for possession of fraudulent documents when he tried to book a driving licence test in Milnerton with what turned out to be a fake learner’s licence. A few weeks earlier, two friends were arrested at the Durbanville DLTC when the one tried to write the test on the other’s behalf as his friend had a sight issue and was not adequately prepared.</p><p>Learner’s licence applicants are informed prior to the test that it is an offence to use any unauthorised aid and that they can be convicted and disqualified from reapplying for a learner’s licence for a period of 12 months. </p><p>In the last quarter of 2017, there were 33 190 learner licence tests conducted at the City’s DLTCs with a 65% pass rate (21 666). This was down from 33 951 tests conducted over the same period in 2016, where the pass rate was 64%. The City has also managed to reduce the waiting period for learner’s and driving licence appointments dramatically over the last five years to ensure that young people are able to obtain their driver's licence so they are able to apply for jobs that have this as a requirement.</p><p>‘While we have seen a slight drop in the number of learner’s and driving licence applications, there is still great demand for these qualifications. It’s not an easy process because, in the interests of road safety, we have to rigorously test anyone who wants to operate a motor vehicle. I appeal to prospective drivers to resist attempting shortcuts. While it may seem like a good idea to try and circumvent the system, it could have devestating personal consequences down the line,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2018-02-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#cf3317a2-b5c9-4fd7-bed3-cd3e4a2c7c8b;L0|#0cf3317a2-b5c9-4fd7-bed3-cd3e4a2c7c8b|learners licence;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#22a3b397-635e-4f75-a108-4aca70fe2ad1;L0|#022a3b397-635e-4f75-a108-4aca70fe2ad1|Testing Centre;GP0|#13d9cb64-3237-497f-8ad9-3fa058a0a062;L0|#013d9cb64-3237-497f-8ad9-3fa058a0a062|Road Safety1

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