Counterfeit code03 Nov 2022

RACF responds to news of fake copies of the Highway Code

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 pixelated.

3.           The official version of The Highway Code has a matte cover, the fake version has a glossy cover.

The DVSA adds:

“To ensure you are buying an official copy of The Highway Code, you can purchase a copy from our official publishers, The Stationery Office (TSO).”

It is also available free of charge online on the website.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“It might not be immediately clear why criminals would choose the Highway Code to counterfeit, until you look at its sales figures.

“In April this year a new edition of the Code reportedly topped the bestseller list, shifting 19,000 copies in a week.

“With hundreds of thousands of learners preparing for their driving test each year, the Code – first printed in 1931 – has been in constant demand.

“To preserve their safety and their bank balances, new drivers should ensure they are buying from a reputable source or use the online version of a book that seemingly never goes out of fashion.”



Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation

[email protected] | 07711 776448

Notes to editors:

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