Introduced by Representatives Flory of Pittsford, Dostis of Waterbury, Minter of Waterbury, Barnard of Richmond, Keenan of St. Albans City, Lippert of Hinesburg, Acinapura of Brandon, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, DePoy of Rutland City, Errecart of Shelburne, Grad of Moretown, Helm of Castleton, Jewett of Ripton, Kainen of Hartford, Komline of Dorset, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Livingston of Manchester, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Morrissey of Bennington, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax, Sunderland of Rutland Town and Young of Orwell
Subject: Motor vehicles; junior operator’s license; renewal
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to authorize the renewal of a junior operator’s license by a person who is 18 years of age or older who is ineligible to apply for an operator’s license until the completion of a six-month waiting period.
AN ACT RELATING TO RENEWAL OF A JUNIOR OPERATOR’S LICENSE PAST AGE 18
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. § 607 is amended to read:
§ 607. JUNIOR OPERATOR'S LICENSE
(a) A junior operator's license may be issued initially only to persons who:
(1) are 16 and 17 years of age;
(2) have passed the driver examination required in subchapter 2 of this chapter and a driver education and training course approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles and the commissioner of education;
(A) possessed a learner's permit for not less than one year;
(B) submitted on a form provided by the department of motor vehicles which is approved by the commissioner, and certified by the operator's licensed parent or guardian, licensed or certified driver education instructor, or licensed person at least 25 years of age that there has been:
(i) at least 40 hours practice behind the wheel, at least 10 of which shall be nighttime driving; and that the operator was accompanied by their licensed parent or guardian, licensed or certified driver education instructor, or licensed person at least 25 years of age, riding beside the operator; and
(ii) have maintained a driving record without a learner's permit suspension, revocation or recall for six consecutive months prior to licensure.
(b) An applicant for a junior operator's license shall not be given a license unless his or her parent, guardian, or a person standing in loco parentis to him or her files a written consent with the commissioner.
(c) Any junior operator’s license may be renewed.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
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