According to the Associated Press, Alpha Omega Driver Training and C1 Truck Driver Training, both in North Little Rock, were informed yesterday of the decision to revoke their licenses and testing certification.
"Giving a license to a tractor-trailer driver who may have failed to demonstrate practical skills is not only fraudulent, but potentially deadly for the innocent drivers along the state's highways," said Huston Talley, State Police Deputy Director, who recommended that the schools lose their licenses.
Arkansas law allows private companies to administer commercial driving tests. Four private companies in Arkansas administer the tests.
During an investigation between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, a state trooper, posing as a CDL applicant, enrolled in the one-day training programs at three driving schools, state police said. The schools charged up to $300. The investigation showed that the schools failed to satisfy the minimum requirements for testing but allowed the trooper to pass anyway.
Officials say the agency will decide by next week whether to revoke the license of the third school involved in the investigation, AP reported.
Guy Hensley, owner of Alpha Omega, disputed the state police account of an undercover investigation of the school and said his company administered the test as it was supposed to, according to AP. A spokesman for C1 did not immediately return a call to his office yesterday.
Lew Grill, director of Campus Transportation Studies for the Sage Corp., a professional truck driver training school based in Camp Hill, Pa., offered his thoughts on the investigation.
"They got lucky when the state troopers shut them down," said Grill. "The real damage would have been if there was an accident as a result of allowing an unqualified driver on the road.
"There are schools that give minimal amount of training and those that give career training," he said. "These CDL mills provide training, not qualifications."