Licensing Fraud

Trucking companies should be held liable for hiring drivers with fraudulent licenses

Thousands of untrained and unskilled commercial truck drivers are on interstates after getting fraudulent commercial licenses, according to government investigators. So far, fraudulent licensing schemes have been uncovered in 24 states, and there are 21 on-going investigations in 13 other states, according to the Department of Transportation.

The schemes normally involve third parties offering to provide fraudulent documentation for money, and many target immigrants, officials say. "As a result, unskilled drivers could be operating commercial vehicles on the nation's highways, creating significant risks for death, injury and property damage," said a report last February from the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General.

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