False Credentials Cost Kansas Trucking School
Truck driving, like all occupations, requires a certain amount of training. Drivers complete both classroom assignments in a standard curriculum and hands-on training under the guide of licensed instructors.
Instructors with credentials are a big part of any good trucking school, but the schools themselves can earn credentials as well. Certifications can be achieved from various organizations, proving to prospective students that the CDL driving school adheres to certain standards.
These credentials are a big selling point – so much so that one truck driving school in Kansas falsified their credentials in order to land more students.
Wichita Truck Driving School was taken to court over false claims about their credentials, and the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. The school has agreed to pay $6,000 back to the students.
The school claimed it was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and also claimed to be a member of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Neither claim was true, and the company violated State law by claiming to have sponsorships and approvals they had not legitimately achieved.
Trucking school owner Tandy McKenzie isn’t the first person to land in hot water for falsifying information in the trucking industry. Late last year, a New York-based physician landed in hot water after giving out multiple false physical exams, resulting in drivers taking to the roads with medical certifications that were no good.
A chiropractor in Georgia was also charged with this offense six months ago, though he only recently pleaded guilty. False claims of this type are a big deal in the trucking industry for many reasons. While the school’s fraudulent claims could’ve ended up taking students for a lot of money, false medical exams can result in unfit truckers being on the roadways. This means a driver who is at risk for losing control behind the wheel may be given the keys to a commercial vehicle and told to make a delivery.
Trucking schools are working hard to bring in new talent, with industry experts estimating that over 200,000 truckers will be needed by 2020. Fortunately for the students in this case, they were able to hold the school owner responsible for trying to take shortcuts.