Drivers' Lic. Test; Language

Permits the use of foreign language exams by examiner of drivers.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



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

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 1 The examinations shall be appropriate to the operation of the
 2 category of motor vehicle for which the applicant seeks to be
 3 licensed and shall be conducted as required by the director.
 4      The examiner of drivers may provide a written examination in
 5 a foreign language provided the applicant demonstrates an ability
 6 to read and understand simple English used in highway traffic and
 7 directional signs.  For purposes of this section a foreign
 8 language means a language, not English, used by at least 10,000
 9 persons in the state population in the last decennial census.
10      The examiner of drivers may waive the actual demonstration
11 of ability to operate a motorcycle or motor scooter for any
12 person who furnishes evidence, to the satisfaction of the
13 examiner of drivers, that the person has completed the motorcycle
14 education course approved by the director in accordance with
15 section 431:10G-104.
16      At the time of examination, an application for voter
17 registration by mail shall be made available to every applicant
18 for a driver's license.
19      For the purposes of this section, the term "applicant" does
20 not include any person reactivating a license under section
21 286-107.5(a)."
22      SECTION 2.  New statutory material is underscored.
23      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2002.

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