Truck Driving School Settles Charges Of Misrepresentation
October 13, 1999
A New England-based vocational school offering courses in truck driving has agreed to a settlement of Federal Trade Commission charges that the school misrepresented the availability of jobs, their success in placing graduates in truck-driving jobs, and the commercial driver's license test pass rate of its graduates.
New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Massachusetts and New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut, along with their owner, Mark Greenberg, have agreed to disclose job placement and licensing-test pass rates to prospective students. The settlement prohibits the schools from making any representations regarding the benefits or results of the training program without adequate substantiation.
NETTTS' training programs typically last from one to four weeks and cost from $1,700 to $3,600. The FTC says the schools' advertising and promotional materials made claims such as, "With our comprehensive behind-the-wheel training and career placement assistance we can have you licensed and on the road," and that 81% of graduates requesting placement are placed.
In addition, the FTC complaint alleged that during interviews with prospective students, NETTTS' employees said that 95% of graduates passed the CDL test, that the placement service placed nearly all of NETTTS' graduates in truck driving jobs, and that local jobs were available to graduates. According to the FTC, these statements were false or misleading.