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H.686

Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donaghy of Poultney and Flory of Pittsford

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; driver safety schools; point reduction

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize a licensed operator of a vehicle registered at the pleasure car rate, except the holder of a junior operator’s license, who has accumulated fewer than nine penalty points to reduce the number of points assessed against the operator’s license by presenting to the commissioner of motor vehicles a notarized affidavit from a licensed driver safety school stating the operator has successfully completed a prescribed course of instruction.  The reduction of points would not remove the violation from the operator’s driving record nor would it serve to reinstate any suspended license or reduce the length of any suspension.

AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE POINTS AND DRIVER TRAINING SCHOOLS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:


Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 725 is added to read:

§ 725.  REDUCTION OF MOTOR VEHICLE POINTS; DRIVER SAFETY

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(a)  A licensed operator of a vehicle registered at the pleasure car rate, except for the holder of a junior operator’s license, who has accumulated fewer than nine penalty points shall be granted a reduction in the number of points, not to exceed two points, by presenting a notarized affidavit to the commissioner attesting to the successful completion of a prescribed course of instruction at a licensed driver safety training school.

(b)  The reduction in the number of points shall not result in the removal of any recorded motor vehicle violation from the operator’s driving record nor will it serve to reinstate any suspended license or the length of the suspension.

(c)  A person shall not be eligible for the reduction of points if he or she has been credited with a reduction in points due to completion of a course of instruction under this section within the preceding 36 months of the application.

(d)  A course fee may be charged by the licensed driver safety training school, and 10 percent of the fee collected shall be submitted on an annual basis on or before June 30 of each year to the commissioner of motor vehicles, to offset any costs associated with this program.

(e)  The commissioner of motor vehicles is authorized but not required to adopt any necessary rules to implement the provisions of this section.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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