Another Missouri testing facility under fire

| Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A third-party CDL testing facility in Missouri is under investigation for allegations that some of its testers accepted money in exchange for passing grades.

Lt. Tim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Land Line that the investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the FBI and involves a testing facility run by a school district in West Plains, MO.

Hull said that, although the case involves a school district that primarily conducts driving tests for its own bus drivers, the testing facility was certifying some truck drivers as well.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Missouri is sending out letters to 600 drivers who were tested at the facility ordering them to re-take the driving portions of their exams. Neither the Highway Patrol nor the Missouri Department of Revenue could confirm that number for Land Line.

Hull said the investigation has been going on for about three months and is still under way.

This is the second such investigation to come to light in Missouri in recent weeks. Another third party tester in Sikeston, MO, has been under investigation on similar charges since 2005. In that case, the Department of Revenue is in the process of issuing letters to 2,200 drivers – in Missouri and other states – to re-take the driving portion of their CDL exams.

Hull said there are 34 third-party testing facilities in Missouri. Of those, 28 are schools that primarily do testing for their own bus drivers.

– By Terry Scruton, senior writer
terry_scruton@landlinemag.com