INVESTIGATION: Nearly 100 Truckers in Nevada Required to Retake CDL Tests
Henderson, NV – Nearly 100 truckers in Nevada, the majority of whom have only been driving professionally for less than one year, were recently required to retake their commercial driver’s license (CDL) tests… and the results were “concerning.”
Kevin Malone, Public Information Officer with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (NDMV), told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) that “irregularities” were discovered during recent audits of truck driving schools certified as third party CDL examiners.
“If there are irregularities, we can, and do, call in drivers to make sure they are meeting the standards,” Malone said.
In addition to the audits, Malone said state investigators often covertly pose as CDL trainees and take the required testing administered by third party examiners.
“We do this on a regular basis,” Malone told TNN.
Malone provided TNN with documentation outlining the agreement third party examiners must adhere to in order to become and remain certified within the state.
As part of the terms, third party examiners must submit to random audits “at least” once every two years.
Malone said a total of six truck driving schools in and around the Las Vegas area were recently “flagged.”
NDMV officials began issuing notification letters in April of this year to inform a total of 90 commercial truck drivers (who trained and were certified at the six schools) they would need to retest within 30 days or risk have their driving privileges revoked.
Gene Breeden is the owner of A-1 Truck Driver Training in Boulder City, which is a certified third party examiner.
He told TNN that 22 of his former students were called in to retest at the NDMV.
“I’ve never had this happen before,” Breeden said. “It’s a bad thing.”
Breeden expressed concern that his former students, many of whom had already leased trucks and were over-the-road working, are not at home to receive their mail.
Further, he stated these drivers would be inconvenienced and lose valuable income, and maybe even lose their investments in their trucks, by having to travel back to Nevada to retake the testing.
As of this writing, a total of 20 of Breeden’s former students have successfully completed the retesting.
However, two of the drivers chose to move to Florida to retest there, since the NDMV does not allow interpreters during the testing process and the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (FDMV) does.
“Two of them are from Cuba and pretty Spanish-speaking,” Breeden said. “They didn’t want to go to our DMV because they didn’t think they could pass.”
Malone said the NDMV would be “contacting” officials at the FDMV about it.
According to Malone, former students of A-1 Truck Driver Training fared much better in the retesting than others.
In fact, Malone told TNN a “majority” of the drivers who have retested thus far “failed” one or numerous of the required written, pre-trip, and skills tests.
He called the results “concerning.”
Currently, Malone said 44 of the 90 drivers have completed all of the requirements and have a CDL in good standing.
However, 11 have opted to receive Commercial Learner Permits (CLP) to “allow themselves additional time to gain experience behind the wheel,” Malone said.
Further, five drivers have been cancelled due to “lack of a response,” with 17 more scheduled to be cancelled within the next 30 days.
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