The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has terminated its agreement with Key Power Driving School, Inc. for fraudulent practices.
The third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testing company posed an immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare, according to a press release from the DHSMV.
Key Power Driving School, Inc is located in both Miami and Labelle.
CDL Testing Company Accused Of Fraudulent Practices
DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes said, “Driving a commercial vehicle is a tremendous responsibility and privilege, and the proper administration of knowledge and skills testing for drivers is critical to maintaining safety on Florida roads. The revocation of DHSMV’s agreement with Key Power demonstrates our commitment to ensuring appropriate testing standards are maintained in the pursuit of A Safer Florida.”
This discovery was made during an investigation involving both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and DHSMV. They uncovered testing data and driver statistics that didn’t quite add up. The pass rate for tests dropped significantly, from 60 to just 11 percent, indicating that there were false results bring submitted. Such a large change in data shows that some people had not taken the test, not completed mandatory portions of the test or had not performed required driving maneuvers. Also, Key Power conducted fraudulent testing activities, and in some cases omitted entire portions of the CDL tests altogether.
“The correlation between DHSMV presence at testing sites and extreme pass-rate fluctuation indicates rampant manipulation of information and data,” stated Robert Kynoch, Director of Motorist Services. “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.”
Some Florida CDL Holders Will Be Asked To Retest
The press release also reported that individuals that tested on or after January 1, 2017, will be notified by the department that they must be retested by a compliant CDL testing administrator.
Anyone with information about fraudulent or unsafe practices conducted by any third-party CDL testing site in Florida should immediately contact the CDL Help Desk at (850) 617-2606.