Some CT truckers may be unqualified

(02/10/03) NORWALK - News 12 Connecticut has learned that more than two dozen truck drivers are operating on state highways without having passed a road or written test.

Thousands of truckers bribed Florida inspectors and acquired licenses in different states. So far, Connecticut has been slow to remove the drivers from state roads.

Last year, Florida officials uncovered the unlawful activity and notified every state about the illegal truck drivers. Twenty-five illicit truck drivers moved to Connecticut.

In December, six-months after they were informed by Florida, Connecticut officials mailed letters to the unlicensed truckers.

Since then, 11 of the drivers have either taken the test or downgraded to a regular passenger car license. Nine drivers are scheduled for a retest this month. Five other truckers, however, have not responded to the state letter.

Some lawmakers are upset that the state did not act quicker and did not succeed to remove all illegal drivers from the roadways. By comparison, both New York and Massachusetts had all of their unlicensed truck drivers off the road three months after hearing from Florida officials. It took Connecticut six months to simply send letters to the drivers.

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