BILL TO HEIGHTEN REQUIREMENTS ON TEEN DRIVERS ADVANCES

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgLegislation that would strengthen the education and practice requirements for New Jersey’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

Under the bill, any teen driver under the age of 18 who is applying for their learner’s permit or examination permit would first be required to have a parent or guardian complete an approved teen driver orientation program, which may be done through an approved online provider. This program also would be available, but not required, for drivers between 18 and 21 who are seeking an examination permit.

The bill would also require any driver under the age of 21 who holds an examination or special learner’s permit to complete a minimum number of certified practice driving hours with a parent, guardian or adult supervisor. Any teen driver with a special learner’s permit would be required to complete 50 hours of practice driving, 10 hours of which would be at night, in addition to the currently required six hours of certified driving school instruction. Drivers with an examination permit would be able to complete the aforementioned requirements or, alternatively, complete 100 hours of certified driving, 20 hours of which would be at night.

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