A CDL school in Florida has had its operating agreement revoked by the state after an investigation found “rampant manipulation of information and data,” which may have allowed students to earn their CDLs despite skipping portions or even all of the skills and written tests.
Key Power Driving School has been testing students since 2007, and had two different locations by the time the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) launched an investigation into the company.
DHSMV first noticed an issue when they saw how dramatically the test scores changed when they had a representative present for testing. According to a DHSMV press release, without a rep present, Key Power students were passing at a rate of 60%. When there was state oversight however, that number dropped to 11%.
“The correlation between DHSMV presence at testing sites and extreme pass-rate fluctuation indicates rampant manipulation of information and data,” reads the release. “The department is committed to ensuring that Florida’s commercial drivers are properly trained and tested and will not tolerate any disregard for public safety.”
Over the course of the investigation, DHSMV found that Key Power “conducted fraudulent testing activities such as omitting vital portions of the required three-part skills test and manipulating testing data on CDL skills test score sheets.”
Florida will be notifying some 1,500 truckers who were tested on or after January 1st 2017 that they will have to retake their CDL test within two months or lose their CDLs.