An investigation by the Department of Transport (DoT) has uncovered fake Singaporean licences have been used to illegally obtain Western Australian driver’s licences.
A tip off from the public led to an investigation by DoT who, with the assistance of the Singapore High Commission and Singaporean Police, detected 173 fake licences had been used in WA.
As a result of the detection, 122 of the WA driver’s licences obtained falsely have been cancelled. The remaining 51 licence holders are no longer in Western Australia or further follow up into their whereabouts is underway.
The investigation commenced in January this year and examined licences used between 2015 and 2020.
Western Australian authorities advised their Eastern States counterparts of the scam which has led to interstate co-operation and some States launching their own investigations.
The names of those involved have been provided to WA Police and the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
Anyone can report suspicious activity to the Department of Transport’s Alert Us line on 1300 040 456.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“This investigation is a great outcome for the local community with 122 fake licences now cancelled.
“Once the Department of Transport became aware of the possible scam they launched an investigation to trace and cancel these licences.
“This is a concerning scam because people have deliberately acted to avoid demonstrating the required standards necessary to obtain a WA driver’s licence.
“All drivers deserve to feel safe on our roads and can be assured fraudulent or suspicious driver and vehicle licensing matters are being identified and dealt with by DoT.”