DMV Suspends Driving School License and Imposes Five Year Probation

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122
Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Public Affairs

Feb 1, 2010

Sacramento—The Calif. Department of Motor Vehicles announced today that Advantage Driving School of San Jose and Soquel will have their occupational license suspended for one week beginning today, and be placed on probation for five years as a result of a “compromise settlement” with the department.

The settlement was reached after an audit conducted by DMV Investigators found the
following: a driving instructor made inappropriate sexual comments to seven minors; seven
students reported that they did not receive the required six hours of training; that Advantage Driving School failed to maintain proper oversight of their driving instructors; that Advantage Driving School students reported school instructors repeatedly left minor students alone while the instructors went home, shopping, or took lunch breaks; and, that students reported that the instructors also did not provide proper instruction.

The occupational license suspension will be served during the week of February 1, 2010 at both locations of the school.  In addition to the suspension and the five year probation, Advantage Driving School agreed to pay $50,000 to DMV for investigative costs, attorney’s fees and a civil penalty.  The school will also be required to have annual audits by DMV Investigators, and its employees will be required to have annual sexual harassment training and will be required to report any alleged misconduct to law enforcement.

Note to editors and assignment desks:  Area Commander AC Martinez can be reached for comment at (415) 330-5475

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