Driver's Education

Gives the department of transportation an additional year to
effectuate Act 175, SLH 1999 (which provides for a statewide
driver education program and behind-the-wheel driver training
program), by excepting from the effective date of section 2 and
4. (HB1758 HD2)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     A BILL FOR AN ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Act 175, Session Laws of Hawaii 1999, is amended
 2 as follows:
 3      1.  By amending section 2 to read:
 4      "SECTION 2. Section 286-108, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 5 amended by amending subsections (a) and (b) to read as follows:
 6      "(a) Except as provided in section 286-107.5(a), the
 7 examiner of drivers shall examine every applicant for a driver's
 8 license, except as otherwise provided in this part.  The
 9 examination shall include a test of:
10      (1)  The applicant's eyesight and any further physical
11           examination that the examiner of drivers finds
12           necessary to determine the applicant's fitness to
13           operate a motor vehicle safely upon the highways;
14      (2)  The applicant's ability to understand highway signs
15           regulating, warning, and directing traffic;
16      (3)  The applicant's knowledge of the rules of the road
17           based on the traffic laws of the State and the traffic
18           ordinances of the county where the applicant resides or
19           intends to operate a motor vehicle; and

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 1      (4)  The actual demonstration of ability to exercise
 2           ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a
 3           motor vehicle.
 4 The examinations shall be appropriate to the operation of the
 5 category of motor vehicle for which the applicant seeks to be
 6 licensed and shall be conducted as required by the director.
 7      The examiner of drivers may waive the actual demonstration
 8 of ability to operate a motorcycle or motor scooter for any
 9 person who furnishes evidence, to the satisfaction of the
10 examiner of drivers, that the person has completed the motorcycle
11 education course approved by the director in accordance with
12 section 431:10G-104.
13      At the time of examination, an application for voter
14 registration by mail shall be made available to every applicant
15 for a driver's license.
16      For the purposes of this section, the term "applicant" does
17 not include any person reactivating a license under section 286-
18 107.5(a).
19      (b)  The examiner of drivers [shall]:
20           (1) Shall require proof from every applicant under the
21           age of eighteen that the applicant has completed a
22           driver education program and a behind-the-wheel driver
23           training course certified by the director of
24           transportation[.  The examiner of drivers shall]; and

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 1           (2) Shall not examine any applicant for a driver's
 2           license who is sixteen through seventeen years of age
 3           unless the applicant holds a valid instruction permit
 4           under section 286-110, for a period of no fewer than
 5           ninety days."
 6      2.  By amending section 6 to read: 
 7      "SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect on January
 8 1,2001[.], except that the following shall take effect on January
 9 1, 2002:
10      (1)  Section 286-108(b)(1), Hawaii Revised Statutes, as set
11           forth in section 2 of this Act; and
12      (2)  Section 4 of this Act."
13      SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
14 New statutory material is underscored.
15      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.