ASSEMBLY, No. 3309

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 7, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† JOHN S. WISNIEWSKI

District 19 (Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Camden)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Expands education and practice requirements for special learnerís and examination permits.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning special learnerís and examination permits and amending various parts of the statutory law.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† R.S.39:3-13 is amended to read as follows:

†††† 39:3-13.† The chief administrator may, in his discretion, issue to a person over 17 years of age an examination permit, under the hand and seal of the chief administrator, allowing such person, for the purpose of fitting himself to become a licensed driver, to operate a designated class of motor vehicles other than passenger automobiles and motorcycles of persons licensed to operate motorcycles only for a specified period of not more than 90 days, while in the company and under the supervision of a driver licensed to operate such designated class of motor vehicles.

†††† The chief administrator, in his discretion, may issue for a specified period of not less than one year a passenger automobile or motorcycle-only examination permit to a person over 17 years of age regardless of whether a person has completed a course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1).† An examination permit applicant who is under 18 years of age shall obtain the signature of a parent or guardian for submission to the commission on a form prescribed by the chief administrator.† The chief administrator shall postpone for six months the driving privileges of any person who submits a fraudulent signature for a parent or guardian.

†††† An examination permit shall not be issued to an applicant who is less than 21 years of age unless the applicant has completed a teen driver orientation program approved by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety in consultation with the commission.  An examination permit applicant who is under 18 years of age shall not be issued an examination permit unless at least one of the applicantís parents or guardians has completed an approved teen driver orientation program. †In the event that a parent or guardian is unavailable to complete the teen driver orientation program, completion by another relative who is at least 21 years of age, or a supervising adult who is at least 21 years of age and has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile or motorcycle, as the case may be, for not less than three years, shall be deemed to meet the requirement that a parent or guardian complete the program. The teen driver orientation program shall be made available to the parent or guardian of an applicant for an examination permit who is at least 18 years of age, but less than 21 years of age. †Prior to the issuance of an examination permit, the applicant shall submit for review to the commission a certificate indicating that the applicant and, if required, at least one of the applicantís parents or guardians, or other relative or supervising adult as permitted by this section, has completed an approved teen driver orientation program.  The chief administrator shall postpone or suspend for six months the driving privileges of any examination permit applicant who submits a fraudulent certificate of completion.

†††† For [six months] one year immediately following the validation of an examination permit, and until the holder passes the road test, the holder who is less than 21 years of age shall operate the passenger automobile or motorcycle only when accompanied by, and under the supervision of, a New Jersey licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile or motorcycle, as the case may be, for not less than three years.† The holder of an examination permit who is at least 21 years of age shall operate the passenger automobile or motorcycle for the first three months under such supervision and until the holder passes the road test.† The supervising driver of the passenger automobile shall sit in the front seat of the vehicle.† Whenever operating a vehicle while in possession of an examination permit, the holder of the permit shall operate the passenger automobile with only one additional passenger in the vehicle excluding dependents of the permit holder, except that this passenger restriction shall not apply when the permit holder is at least 21 years of age or when the permit holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian.† Further, the holder of the permit who is less than 21 years of age shall not drive during the hours between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.; provided, however, that this condition may be waived for an emergency which, in the judgment of local police, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to substantially endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of a person, or for any bona fide employment or religion-related activity if the employer or appropriate religious authority provides written verification of such activity in a manner provided for by the chief administrator.† The holder of the examination permit shall not use any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device, except in an emergency, while operating a moving passenger automobile on a public road or highway.† "Use" shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening on any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device or operating its keys, buttons, or other controls.† The passenger automobile permit holder shall ensure that all occupants of the vehicle are secured in a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child restraint system.

†††† The chief administrator shall provide the holder of an examination permit with two removable, transferable, highly visible, reflective decals indicating that the driver of the vehicle may be the holder of an examination permit.† The decals shall be designed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.† The chief administrator may charge a fee for the decals not to exceed the actual cost of producing and distributing the decals.† The decals shall be displayed in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and shall be clearly visible to law enforcement officers.† The holder of an examination permit shall not operate a vehicle unless the decals are displayed.† The decal shall be removed once the driver's examination permit period has ended.

†††† When notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that an examination permit holder has been convicted of a violation which causes the permit holder to accumulate more than two motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5; subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1; or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator deems significant and applicable pursuant to regulation, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the examination permit holder's examination permit for 90 days.† The chief administrator shall restore the permit following the term of the permit suspension if the permit holder satisfactorily completes a remedial training course of not less than four hours which may be given by the commission, a driving school licensed by the chief administrator pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-2), or any Statewide safety organization approved by the chief administrator.† The course shall be subject to oversight by the commission according to its guidelines.† The permit holder shall also remit a course fee prior to the commencement of the course.† The chief administrator also shall postpone without the exercise of discretion or a hearing the issuance of a basic license for 90 days if the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that the examination permit holder, after completion of the remedial training course, has been convicted of any motor vehicle violation which results in the imposition of any motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, [c.182] c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5, subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1 or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator deems significant and applicable pursuant to regulation.† When the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that an examination permit holder has been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related offense unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle and is not otherwise subject to any other suspension penalty therefor, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the examination permit for six months.

†††† An examination permit for a motorcycle or a commercial motor vehicle issued to a handicapped person, as determined by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission after consultation with the Department of Education, shall be valid for nine months or until the completion of the road test portion of his license examination, whichever period is shorter.

†††† Each permit shall be sufficient license for the person to operate such designated class of motor vehicles in this State during the period specified, while in the company of and under the control of a driver licensed by this State to operate such designated class of motor vehicles, or, in the case of a commercial driver license permit, while in the company of and under the control of a holder of a valid commercial driver license for the appropriate license class and with the appropriate endorsements issued by this or any other state. †Such person, as well as the licensed driver, except for a motor vehicle examiner administering a driving skills test, shall be held accountable for all violations of this subtitle committed by such person while in the presence of the licensed driver.† In addition to requiring an applicant for an examination permit to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the chief administrator also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining the permit, satisfactory proof that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.† If the chief administrator has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age, or legal residency is altered, false, or otherwise invalid, the chief administrator shall refuse to grant the permit until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the chief administrator's satisfaction.

†††† Prior to obtaining a probationary license, the holder of an examination permit who obtains such permit before reaching 21 years of age shall satisfactorily complete a six-hour course of private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel automobile driving education pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1) and shall complete a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving, ten hours of which shall be completed during hours of darkness, as certified by the permit holderís parent or guardian, or by the person who accompanied and supervised the permit holder during the practice driving. †In lieu of the six-hour behind-the-wheel automobile driving education course and a minimum of 50 hours of certified practice driving, the permit holder shall complete a minimum of 100 hours of certified practice driving, 20 hours of which shall be completed during hours of darkness, as certified by the permit holderís parent or guardian, or by the person who accompanied and supervised the permit holder during the practice driving.  The chief administrator shall suspend for six months the driving privileges of any examination permit holder who submits a fraudulent certification of a parent, guardian, or supervising driver.

†††† The holder of an examination permit shall be required to take a road test in order to obtain a probationary license. †No road test for any person who has been issued an examination permit to operate a passenger vehicle shall be given unless the person has met the requirements of this section.† No road test for a probationary license shall be given unless the applicant has first secured an examination permit and no such road test shall be scheduled for an applicant who has secured an examination permit for a passenger vehicle or a motorcycle for which an endorsement is not required until at least [six months] one year for an applicant under 21 years of age or three months for an applicant 21 years of age or older [shall have] has elapsed following the validation of the examination permit for practice driving or, in the case of an examination permit for other vehicles, until 20 days have elapsed. In the case of an omnibus endorsement or school bus, no road test shall be scheduled until at least 10 days shall have elapsed.† Every applicant for an examination permit to qualify for an omnibus endorsement or an articulated vehicle endorsement shall be a holder of a valid basic driver's license.

†††† The required fees for special learner's permits and examination permits shall be as follows:

Basic driver's license...............................................up to $10

Motorcycle license or endorsement..................................$† 5

Omnibus or school bus endorsement................................$25

†††† The chief administrator shall waive the payment of fees for issuance of examination permits for omnibus endorsements whenever the applicant establishes to the chief administrator's satisfaction that said applicant will use the omnibus endorsement exclusively for operating omnibuses owned by a nonprofit organization duly incorporated under Title 15 or 16 of the Revised Statutes or Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes.

†††† The specified period for which a permit is issued may be extended for not more than an additional 60 days, without payment of an added fee, upon application made by the holder thereof, where the holder has applied to take the examination for a driver's license prior to the expiration of the original period for which the permit was issued and the chief administrator was unable to schedule an examination during said period.

†††† As a condition for the issuance of an examination permit under this section, the chief administrator shall secure a digitized picture of the applicant.† The picture shall be stored in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator and may be displayed on the examination permit.

†††† The chief administrator may require that whenever a person to whom an examination permit has been issued has reconstructive or cosmetic surgery which significantly alters the person's facial features, the person shall notify the chief administrator who may require the picture of the person to be updated.

†††† Specific use of the examination permit and any information stored or encoded, electronically or otherwise, in relation thereto shall be in accordance with P.L.1997, c.188 (C.39:2-3.3 et seq.) and the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994, Pub. L.103-322.† Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the digitized picture or any access thereto or any use thereof shall not be sold, leased or exchanged for value.

(cf:† P.L.2009, c.38, s.5)

 

†††† 2.††† Section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 1.††† The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission may issue to a person over 16 years of age a special learner's permit, under the hand and seal of the chief administrator, allowing such person, for the purpose of preparing himself to qualify for a provisional license for a passenger automobile by operating a dual pedal controlled motor vehicle while taking a required course of private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel automobile driving education approved by the State Department of Education and conducted in a public, parochial , or private school of this State or a course of private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel automobile driving instruction conducted by a drivers' school duly licensed pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-1 et seq.).

†††† Within 12 months of the effective date of P.L.†††† , c.†††† (C.††††††† ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the commission shall adopt standard, up-to-date guidelines to be implemented by public, parochial, or private schools and licensed driversí schools offering the course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education required by this section.† These guidelines shall be developed by the commission in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, the State Department of Education, and licensed driversí schools in this State.

†††† The special learner's permit shall be issued in lieu of the examination permit provided for in R.S.39:3-13.† In addition to requiring an applicant for a permit to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the chief administrator also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining a permit, satisfactory proof that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.† If the chief administrator has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age or legal residency is altered, false or otherwise invalid, the chief administrator shall refuse to grant the permit until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the chief administrator's satisfaction.

†††† The special learner's permit described above, when issued to a person taking a course of private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel driving education conducted in a public, parochial or private school, shall be retained in the office of the school principal at all times except during such time as the person to whom the permit is issued is undergoing private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel automobile driving instruction.† The chief administrator may make such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

(cf:† P.L.2009, c.38, s.7)

 

3.††† Section 6 of P.L.1977, c.25 (C.39:3-13.2a) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 6.††† a. †Any person to whom a special learner's permit has been issued pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1), upon successful completion of a State approved written examination, eye examination, and an approved minimum six-hour private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel driving course, shall be entitled to retain the special learner's permit in his own possession.† The special learner's permit shall be validated by the commission for the purpose of driving a motor vehicle on a public highway in this State after the holder has successfully met the necessary examination requirements, and upon the successful completion of a private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel driving course. †Such person may operate a motor vehicle of the class for which a basic driver's license is required except during the hours between 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. while in the company and under the supervision, from the front passenger seat, of a licensed motor vehicle driver of this State who is over 21 years of age and has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile for at least three years. †Such special learnerís permit shall be valid until such person's seventeenth birthday or until he qualifies for a probationary license. †Except during an instructional period of a behind-the-wheel driving course, the holder of a special learnerís permit shall operate a passenger automobile with only the following passengers:† (1) the supervising passenger; (2) any parent, guardian, or dependent of the special permit holder; and (3) one additional passenger.† The holder of the special learner's permit shall not use any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device, except in an emergency, while operating a moving passenger automobile on a public road or highway.† "Use" shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening on any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device or operating its keys, buttons, or other controls. †All occupants of the automobile shall be secured in a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child restraint system.

†††† The chief administrator shall provide the holder of a special learner's permit with two removable, transferable, highly visible, reflective decals indicating that the driver of the vehicle may be the holder of a special learner's permit.† The decals shall be designed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.† The chief administrator may charge a fee for the decals not to exceed the actual cost of producing and distributing the decals. The decals shall be displayed in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and shall be clearly visible to law enforcement officers.† The holder of a special learner's permit shall not operate a vehicle unless the decals are displayed.† The decal shall be removed once the driver's special learner's permit period has ended.

†††† b.††† When notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that a special learner's permit holder has been convicted of a violation which causes the permit holder to accumulate more than two motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5; subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1; or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator determines to be significant and applicable pursuant to regulation, and in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the holder's special learner's permit for 90 days.† The chief administrator shall restore the permit following the term of the permit suspension if the permit holder, regardless of age, satisfactorily completes a remedial training course of not less than four hours which may be given by the commission, a driving school licensed by the chief administrator pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-2), or any Statewide safety organization approved by the chief administrator. The course shall be administered pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the chief administrator and subject to oversight by the commission.† The authority of the chief administrator to suspend, revoke, or deny issuance of an initial or renewal license to operate a driving school or an instructor's license, and to assess fines, pursuant to P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-1 et seq.) shall apply to any violations related to the administration of a remedial training course.† The permit holder shall also remit a course fee prior to the commencement of the course.† If, after completion of the remedial training course, the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that the special learner's permit holder has been convicted of any motor vehicle violation which results in the imposition of any motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5; subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1; or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator deems significant and applicable pursuant to regulation, the chief administrator, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, shall also postpone the issuance of a basic license for 90 days.† When the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that a special learner's permit holder has been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related offense unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle and he is not otherwise subject to any other suspension penalty therefor, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the special learner's permit for six months.

(cf:† P.L.2009, c.38, s.8)

 

†† 4.††† Section 3 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.3) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 3.††† No special permit shall be issued unless the person applying therefor shall present a written application for the same, bearing a certification by the principal of the school indicating that the person is enrolled in an approved private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel driving education course in the school of which he is principal or by the person operating a duly licensed drivers' school indicating that the person has contracted to take a course of private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel automobile driving instruction offered by the school and shall pay a sum of up to $10 as determined by the [director] chief administrator to an agent of the [Division of Motor Vehicles] commission, which sum shall be turned over by the agent to the [director] chief administrator, and by [him] the chief administrator remitted with the other funds collected [in his division] by the commission to the State Treasurer, in accordance with law.† A special learner's permit to operate a passenger automobile shall not be issued to any person younger than 18 years of age without the signature of a parent or guardian.† The signature shall be submitted to the [division] commission on a form prescribed by the [director] chief administrator. The [director] chief administrator shall postpone for six months the driving privileges of any [person] special learnerís permit applicant who submits a fraudulent signature for a parent or guardian.

†††† A special learnerís permit shall not be issued to an applicant who is less than 18 years of age unless the applicant has completed a teen driver orientation program approved by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety in consultation with the commission.† An applicant who is under 18 years of age shall not be issued a special learnerís permit unless at least one of the applicantís parents or guardians has completed an approved teen driver orientation program.† In the event that a parent or guardian is unavailable to complete the teen driver orientation program, completion by another relative who is at least 21 years of age, or a supervising adult who is at least 21 years of age and has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile or motorcycle, as the case may be, for not less than three years shall be deemed to meet the requirement that a parent or guardian complete the program. Prior to the issuance of a special learnerís permit, the applicant shall submit for review to the commission a certificate indicating that the applicant and at least one of the applicantís parents or guardians, or other relative or supervising adult as permitted by this section, has completed an approved teen driver orientation program. The chief administrator shall postpone or suspend for six months the driving privileges of any special learnerís permit applicant who submits a fraudulent certificate of completion.

(cf: P.L.1998, c.108, s.6)

 

†††† 5.††† Section 4 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.4) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 4.††† a. †The holder of a special learner's permit shall be entitled to a probationary driver's license (1) upon attaining the age of 17 years, (2) upon the satisfactory completion of an approved private, one-on-one behind-the-wheel driver training course as indicated upon the face of the special permit over the signature of the principal of the school or the person operating the driving school in which the course was conducted, (3) upon the completion of [six months'] one year driving experience with a validated special learner's permit in compliance with the provisions of section 6 of P.L.1977, c.25 (C.39:3-13.2a), [and] , (4) upon passing the road test pursuant to R.S.39:3-10 , and (5) upon completing a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving, ten hours of which shall be completed during hours of darkness, as certified by the permit holderís parent or guardian, or by the person who accompanied and supervised the permit holder during the practice driving.† The chief administrator shall suspend for six months the driving privileges of any special learnerís permit holder who submits a fraudulent certification of a parent, guardian, or supervising driver.

†††† b.††† The holder of a probationary license shall be permitted to operate the passenger automobile with only one additional passenger in the vehicle besides any dependent of the probationary license holder, except that this passenger restriction shall not apply when the holder of the probationary license is at least 21 years of age or the probationary license holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian.† Further, the holder of the probationary license who is under 21 years of age shall not drive during the hours between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.; provided however, that this condition may be waived for an emergency which, in the judgment of local police, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to substantially endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of a person or for any bona fide employment or religion-related activity if the employer or appropriate religious authority provides written verification of such activity in a manner provided for by the chief administrator.

†††† c.†††† The holder of the probationary license shall not use any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device, except in an emergency, while operating a moving passenger automobile on a public road or highway.† "Use" shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening on any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device or operating its keys, buttons, or other controls. In addition, the holder of the probationary license shall ensure that all occupants of the vehicle are secured in a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child restraint system.

†††† d.††† In addition to any other penalties provided under law, the holder of a probationary license who accumulates more than two motor vehicle points or is convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5; subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1; or any other motor vehicle law the chief administrator deems to be significant and applicable pursuant to regulation shall, for the first violation, be required to satisfactorily complete a remedial training course of not less than four hours which may be given by the commission, a driving school licensed by the chief administrator pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-2), or any Statewide safety organization approved by the chief administrator.† The course shall be administered pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the chief administrator and subject to oversight by the commission.† The authority of the chief administrator to suspend, revoke, or deny issuance of an initial or renewal license to operate a driving school or an instructor's license, and to assess fines, pursuant to P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-1 et seq.) shall apply to any violations related to the administration of a remedial training course.† The license holder shall also remit a course fee prior to the commencement of the course.

†††† e.†††† When notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that a probationary license holder has been convicted of a second or subsequent violation, in addition to any other penalties provided under law, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the probationary license for three months, and shall postpone eligibility for a basic license for an equivalent period.† In addition, when the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that a probationary license holder has been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related offense unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle, and he is not otherwise subject to any other suspension penalty therefor, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the probationary license for six months.

†††† f.†††† The chief administrator shall provide the holder of a probationary license with two removable, transferable, highly visible, reflective decals indicating that the driver of the vehicle may be the holder of a probationary license.† The decals shall be designed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.† The chief administrator may charge a fee for the decals not to exceed the actual cost of producing and distributing the decals.† The decals shall be displayed in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and shall be clearly visible to law enforcement officers.† The holder of a† probationary license shall not operate a vehicle unless the decals are displayed.† The decal shall be removed once the driver's probationary license period has ended.

†††† g.†††† A probationary license may be sent by mail and shall be clearly identifiable and distinguishable in appearance from a basic license by any name, mark, color, or device deemed appropriate by the chief administrator.

(cf:† P.L.2009, c.38, s.9)

 

†††† 6.††† Section 8 of P.L.1998, c.108 (C.27:5F-41) is amended to read as follows:

†††† a.†††† The Director of the [Office] Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, after consultation with the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Transportation] Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the State Review Board on Driver Education established in section 10 of P.L.1998, c.108 (C.27:5F-43), shall develop curriculum guidelines for use by teachers of approved classroom driver education courses.† The course of instruction for approved courses shall be no less than 30 hours in length and be designed to develop and instill the knowledge and attitudes necessary for the safe operation and driving of motor vehicles.† Defensive driving, highway courtesy, accident avoidance, understanding and respect for the State's motor vehicle laws,† insurance fraud and State requirements for and benefits of maintaining automobile insurance shall be emphasized. The incorporation of these curriculum guidelines in these classroom courses and the use of related instructional materials shall be a requirement for approval of the course by the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles] chief administrator.

†††† b.††† The Director of the [Office] Division of Highway Traffic Safety, in consultation with the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles] chief administrator, shall produce an informational brochure for parents and guardians of beginning drivers under the age of 18 years.† The [division shall ensure that the parents or guardians of a permit holder receive these] brochures [at the time a permit is issued to a beginning driver] shall be distributed at approved teen driver orientation programs, as required by R.S.39:3-13 or section 3 of P.L.1950, c.127 (c.39:3-13.3), whichever is applicable.† The brochures shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:

†††† (1)†† Setting an example for the beginning driver;

†††† (2)†† Accident and fatality statistics about beginning drivers;

†††† (3)†† Causes of accidents among beginning drivers;

†††† (4)†† The need to supervise vehicle operation by a beginning driver;

†††† (5)†† Methods to coach a beginning driver on how to reduce accidents;

†††† (6)†† A description of the graduated driver's license program; [and]

†††† (7)†† Benefits of classroom and behind-the-wheel driver education under the direction of State certified or licensed driving instructors, as the case may be ; and

†††† (8)†† A sample practice driving log.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.420, s.1)

 

†† 7.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the 13th month after enactment, but the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission may take such anticipatory action necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill would add new education and practice requirements for applicants and holders of special learnerís permits and examination permits.

†††† Under this Stateís graduated driver licensing system, persons who are at least 16 years of age can obtain a special learnerís permit for the purpose of preparing himself to qualify for a probationary license by operating a motor vehicle while taking a required course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education. Upon successful completion of a six-hour course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education, a special learnerís permit holder may engage in supervised practice driving.† A person who is at least 17 years of age can obtain an examination permit for the purpose of supervised practice driving, but is not required to enroll in or complete the behind-the-wheel course to obtain the examination permit.† Drivers who satisfy the requirements of the special learnerís permit or examination permit, including driving under supervision for six months and passing a road test, move on to a probationary driverís license pursuant to which they are authorized to practice unsupervised driving with certain passenger, hourly, and other restrictions.

†††† Under the bill, an applicant for a special learnerís permit or examination permit who is under 18 years of age cannot obtain such permit unless the applicant and at least one of the permit applicantís parents or guardians has first completed a teen driver orientation program approved by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, in consultation with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).† In the event that a parent or guardian is unable to complete the teen driver orientation program, the bill provides that completion by another relative who is at least 21 years of age, or by a supervising adult who is at least 21 years of age and who has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile or motorcycle for at least three years, shall be deemed to meet the requirement that a parent or guardian complete the program.† The teen driver orientation program shall also be made available to, but not required of, the parent or guardian of an examination permit applicant who is at least 18 years of age but less than 21.† The bill requires all permit applicants to submit to the MVC a certificate indicating that the applicant and, if required, at least one of the applicantís parents or guardians, or other relative or supervising adult as permitted under the bill, has completed the teen driver orientation program.† The Chief Administrator of the MVC shall suspend or postpone the driving privileges of any applicant who submits a fraudulent certificate of completion.

†††† This bill would further change the graduated driver licensing law by requiring holders of examination permits and special learnerís permits under the age of 21 to complete a minimum number of hours of certified practice driving.†† Persons with a special learnerís permit would still have to satisfy the behind-the-wheel automobile driving education requirement; in addition, they would have to complete at least 50 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours completed during hours of darkness.† Persons 17 to 20 years old who have been issued an examination permit would have two choices:† (1) they could similarly complete an approved six-hour behind-the-wheel course and 50 hours of certified driving, including 10 hours completed during hours of darkness; or (2) they could complete 100 hours of certified driving, including 20 hours completed during hours of darkness.† The parent or guardian, or the supervising driver, of a permit holder must certify that these hours of practice driving were completed.† The Chief Administrator of the MVC shall suspend the driving privileges of any permit holder who submits a fraudulent certification.

†††† The bill provides that the six-hour, behind-the-wheel automobile driving education course required pursuant to the Stateís graduated driver licensing law must be private and one-on-one.

†††† The bill requires the MVC to adopt standard, up-to-date guidelines to be implemented by public, private, and parochial schools and licensed driversí schools offering courses of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education.† The bill requires the guidelines to be developed by the MVC in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the State Department of Education, and licensed driversí schools in this State.

†††† The bill increases from six months to 12 months the amount of time that a permit holder must hold such a permit before becoming eligible for a probationary license.

†††† The bill requires the distribution of informational brochures to the parents and guardians of beginning drivers under the age of 18 at approved teen driver orientation programs.† Under current law, such brochures are submitted at the time a permit is issued to a beginning driver.† The bill also requires a sample practice driving log, in addition to other required information, to be included in the brochure.