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Fake copies of The Highway Code

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is currently investigating and acting against unscrupulous sellers of a fake version of The Highway Code.

The errors in the fake versions could potentially put road users at risk of breaking the law or, even worse, having an accident. As well as this, it could cause failure in both theory and practical tests.

The selling of counterfeit books containing unlicensed intellectual property breaks copyright laws.

How to spot a fake

The easiest way to decide whether you have an official copy of The Highway Code or a fake version, is to look for these key differences:

1. Compare the bar code numbers; the official copy has an ISBN number above its barcode.
2. On the fake version, the logos on the front cover of the book are slightly pixelated.
3. The official version of The Highway Code has a matte cover, the fake version has a glossy cover.

If you think you have been sold a counterfeit copy, you should contact your local trading standards office or contact DVSA at You can view an up-to-date version of The Highway Code for free on GOV.UK