Florida truck driving school shut down

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The Florida State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol shut down a Jacksonville commercial licensing school known as Truck Driver Placement on Wednesday, Aug. 25, arresting businessmen David Luck and Arthur Hammonds for unlawful driver’s license issuance and organized scheme to defraud.

Instead of testing potential drivers by having them drive a “technically challenging course,” the men had students drive the equivalent of a city block, the State Attorney’s Office told the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Assistant State Attorney Steve Siegel said that some 1,200 truckers could have fraudulent commercial licenses, which will require them to be retested in order to remain on the roads. The drivers should receive letters from the Highway Patrol or state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles telling them they need to be retested, according to the Times-Union.