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
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