Report Title:

Driver License Instruction Permit Renewal

Description:

Allows acceptance of an application for renewal of an instruction permit not more than 30 days prior to the expiration date. Exempts applicant from re-examination of understanding and knowledge of highway and traffic laws, signs, etc.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2314

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to driver licenseS.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 286-110, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"286-110 Instruction permits. (a) Any person aged fifteen years and six months or more who, except for the person's lack of instruction in operating a motor vehicle, would be qualified to obtain a driver's license issued under this part may apply for a temporary instruction permit at the office of the examiner of drivers in the county in which the applicant resides; provided that the applicant complies with section 286-102.5.

(b) The examiner of drivers shall examine every applicant for an instruction permit. The examination shall include tests of the applicant's:

(1) Eyesight and other physical or mental capabilities to determine if the applicant is capable of operating a motor vehicle;

(2) Understanding of highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic; and

(3) Knowledge of the traffic laws, ordinances, or regulations of the State and the county where the applicant resides or intends to operate a motor vehicle.

(c) If the examiner of drivers is satisfied that the applicant is qualified to receive an instruction permit, the examiner of drivers shall issue the permit entitling the applicant, while having the permit in the applicant's immediate possession, to drive a motor vehicle upon the highways for a period of one year; provided that an applicant who is registered in a driver training course shall be issued a temporary instruction permit for the duration of the course and the termination date of the course shall be entered on the permit. A person who is not licensed to operate the category of motor vehicles to which the driving training course applies shall not operate a motor vehicle in connection with the driving training course without a valid temporary instruction permit.

(d) Except when operating a motor scooter or motorcycle, the holder of a temporary instruction permit shall be accompanied by a person who is eighteen years of age or older and licensed to operate the category of motor vehicles in which the motor vehicle which is being operated belongs. The licensed person shall occupy a seat as near the permit holder as is practical while the motor vehicle is being so operated.

(e) No holder of a temporary instruction permit shall operate a motorcycle or a motor scooter during hours of darkness or carry any passengers.

(f) No holder of a category 1 or 2 temporary instruction permit shall have the permit renewed, nor shall the holder be issued another temporary instruction permit for the same purpose, unless the holder has taken the examination for a category 1 or 2 license at least once prior to the expiration of the temporary instruction permit. If the holder of a temporary instruction permit fails to meet the requirements of this section, the holder shall not be permitted to apply for another category 1 or 2 temporary instruction permit for a period of three months. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the rights and privileges of any holder of a category 1 or 2 temporary instruction permit from obtaining a temporary instruction permit or driver's license for the operation of any other type of motor vehicle.

(g) The examiner of drivers may accept an application for renewal of an instruction permit made not more than thirty days prior to the expiration date. The applicant for renewal shall be exempt from subsection (b)(2) and (3). If, however, the renewal is not applied for within ninety days after the expiration of the instruction permit, the applicant for renewal shall be treated as an applicant for a new instruction permit and examined in accordance with subsection (b)."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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