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Cheating common on taxi drivers tests

Published söndag 22 februari 2015 kl 12.34
Det är framför allt med kartprovet för taxiförare som det fuskas. Foto: Anders Wiklund/TT.
Det är framför allt med kartprovet för taxiförare som det fuskas. Foto: Anders Wiklund/TT.

There’s cheating on Sweden’s written tests for drivers’ licences, Swedish Radio News reports. But the Swedish Transport Administration has no means of punishing cheaters.

The agency’s Mikael Stenberg says “They come to take the test to check out the questions or photograph them. Then they sell the tests. We think there’s been more cheating during the past year.”

Stenberg says copies of the tests can sell for as much as SEK 10,000.

A common target for cheating is the map test for a taxi drivers’ licence, because those are too complicated to be replaced regularly. Those who’ve purchased tests are often easily spotted, because they can take a two hour test in minutes, obviously not needing to take the time for working out distances and driving times that are in the test.

“We can’t do anything if we don’t see any obvious cheating,” says Catrin Hall, one of those who administers drivers’ tests in Stockholm. “We can’t reject a customer if they don’t even open the map book.”

“Unfortunately we have no sanctions against those who cheat,” says Mikael Stenberg, “if for example someone shows up with a mobile camera. All we can do is make them leave. But there is no obstacle preventing them from booking a new time the same day.”

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