Report Title:

Driver Licensing; Driver Education; Molokai and Lanai; Exemption

Description:

Exempts drivers license applicants who are enrolled in public school on Molokai and Lanai from the requirement of completing a driver education course, if the examiner of drivers finds that there are insufficient drivers' education teachers on those islands.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2466

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2004

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to driver education.

 

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

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that since the mandatory driver's education program took effect, students in rural areas of the State have experienced tremendous difficulty due to the dearth of available driver training classes. Particularly on the islands of Molokai and Lanai, which lack the infrastructure of the more developed islands of the State, there are insufficient drivers' education teachers in the public schools. As a result, students on those islands have been severely disadvantaged and have been unable to obtain a driver's license unless they pay the cost of a private drivers' education school, which may be prohibitively expensive.

The purpose of this Act is to exempt students on Molokai and Lanai from the driver's education component of the driver's licensing program.

SECTION 2. Section 286-108, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) The examiner of drivers shall require proof from every applicant under the age of eighteen that the applicant has completed a driver education program and a behind-the-wheel driver training course certified by the director of transportation[.]; provided that applicants who are enrolled in public school on the islands of Molokai and Lanai shall be exempt from this requirement if the examiner of drivers finds that there are an insufficient number of drivers' education teachers in the public schools on those islands. The examiner of drivers shall not examine any applicant for a driver's license who is sixteen through seventeen years of age unless the applicant holds a valid instruction permit under section 286-110, for a period of no fewer than ninety days. If the applicant's instruction permit has expired and a new instruction permit was issued within thirty days of its expiration, the examiner of drivers may examine the applicant without requiring an additional ninety-day period."

SECTION 3. Section 286-108.4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]286-108.4 Driver education and behind-the-wheel driver training program.[]] The director of transportation is directed to establish and certify a statewide driver education program and behind-the-wheel driver training program, to include the number of course hours, curriculum, and certification of teachers and third-party examiners[.],with emphasis placed on providing a sufficient number of certified teachers on the islands of Molokai and Lanai. The director of transportation is also directed to set a cost for the programs to enable the programs to be self-sufficient. The director of transportation shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of this [[]section[]]."

SECTION 4. Section 286-110, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(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[,] and except for applicants on Molokai or Lanai as provided in section 286-108(a), 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."

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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