Former CDL examiner fined for not testing applicants

| 2/28/2007

A former third-party CDL examiner for the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has been fined and placed on probation for improperly issuing 151 commercial driver's licenses.

Jimmy Halcomb of Broadway, NC, was ordered to pay $8,500 for issuing CDLs to 151 applicants who weren't properly tested in 2001, according to U.S. Department of Transportation press release. He was also sentenced to two years' probation after pleading guilty in October 2006 to making false statements.

Halcomb, who worked as a CDL examiner for a third party hired by the state, didn't test some applicants for pre-trip inspection, basic skills and maneuvers, or a road test required to obtain a CDL.

Many applicants weren't tested at all, according to the news release.

 Halcomb was caught after a joint investigation between the North Carolina DMV and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

 - By Charlie Morasch, staff writer