State scrutinizes local CDL tester

An investigation by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has resulted in the severing of its agreement with Key Power Driving School on November 16. While investigating third-party CDL testing sites, the department found practices of Key Power Driving School posed “an immediate, serious danger to public health, safety and welfare.”

DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes issued this statement, “Driving a commercial vehicle is a tremendous responsibility and privilege, and the proper administration of knowledge and skill testing for drivers is critical to maintaining safety on Florida roads.” He further stated, “The revocation of DHSMV’s agreement with Key Power demonstrates our commitment to ensuring appropriate testing standards are maintained in the pursuit of A Safer Florida.”

Beth Frady, Communications Director for DHSV said the department has terminated agreements with four third-party testers. The action was prompted by “anomalies” discovered by a DHSMV compliance officer, and a review of company transactions.

Ms. Frady further stated that the department’s agreement with Key Power has been completely severed. It will not contract with the company in the future.

DHSMV has accused Key Power of “fraudulent testing activities” by “omitting vital portions of the required three-part skills test and manipulating testing data on CDL skills test score sheets.”

The department points out that students’ pass rates “dropped significantly, from 60 to just 11 percent.” DHSMV views this as a “key indicator that Key Power may have given passing scores to individuals who had not taken the test, not completed mandatory portions of the test or had not performed required driving maneuvers.”

Anyone who was tested by Key Power on or after January 1, 2017, will be required to be retested, using a “compliant third-party CDL testing administrator. They will have 60 days after notification to retake and pass the test or have their CDL cancelled.

A total of 1,305 Florida drivers and 195 out-of-state drivers have been affected and will receive retesting notifications.

DHSVM monitors third-party administrators and testers in Florida and has agreements with over 150 private and governmental CDL testing facilities in Florida.

Patty Brant, can be reached at

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