Hundreds of CDL holders who attended a New York driving school were forced to retake the CDL test in order to keep their licenses.
In March 2012, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released a statement advising drivers that if they received their CDL from N&Y Professional Service Line (N&Y) driving school, that they would have to retake the CDL exam or face license suspension.
Last year, N&Y Professional Service Line driving school owners Ying Wai Phillip Ng and his wife, Pui Kuen Ng pleaded guilty to helping their students cheat the CDL exam by feeding the prospective CDL holders answers to the written exam.
“Before taking the written exam, Ng gave the applicants a jacket equipped with a minicamera in the sleeve. The applicant beamed each question to a video monitor inside Ng’s van parked outside the DMV office. Ng would beep the applicant twice if the correct answer was A, four times for B and six for C,” the New York Daily News reported.
According to New York Daily News, 720 people completed the driving school in a 2-year time period. A majority of the school’s students went on to drive passenger carriers.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles originally identified 174 CDL holders who were told they would need to be retested. The department gave the drivers a deadline for retesting.
Now it appears the number of affected drivers is much higher. According to authorities, hundreds of current CDL holders who attended the driving school may still be putting the public at risk.
To date, 375 former N&Y students have been retested. Of those, only 93 were able to pass the test.
This week, owners Ying Wai Phillip Ng and his wife, Pui Kuen Ng will be sentenced. They face up to 27 months in prison.