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Rio Rancho driving school loses license for six months

RIO RANCHO, NM (KRQE) — A driving school in Rio Rancho loses its license for six months, after a series of complaints from students and parents led to a state investigation. The New Mexico Department of Transportation says the driving school and its owner violated state laws and driver training regulations.

NMDOT’s Traffic Safety Division recently took administrative action against the “Old Driving School” and its owner Francisco Saenz. Following a hearing in January 2022, the state determined, in part, that Saenz was behaving unethically and putting student safety at risk.

Some of the allegations include taking phone calls during “driving instructions” and “verbally abusing or intimidating a student.” The NMDOT says its Highway Safety Division will suspend Saenz and his driving school license from April 1, 2022 through October 1, 2022.

In a news release, NMDOT says TSD and UNM’s Transportation Safety Center partners will work with all students affected by the school closure and arrange for ongoing driver training at another school to students who still need hours of training. For more information on completing driver training, NMDOT asks individuals to contact Andy Pena, UNM Transportation Safety Center Program Manager, by email at [email protected] or by phone at (505) 328-9475.