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  • NJ A3407
  • Establishes certain additional examination and special learner's permit requirements.
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill adds new examination permit and special learner's permit requirements. This bill changes the graduated driver licensing law by requiring holders of examination permits and special learner's permits under the age of 21 to complete a minimum number of hours of certified practice driving. Persons with a special learner's permit and persons under 21 years of age who have been issued an examination permit are required to complete at least 50 hours of practice driving, at least 10 hours of which are to be completed during hours of darkness. The parent or guardian, or the supervising driver, of a permit holder is to certify that these hours of practice driving were completed. The chief administrator is to suspend the driving privileges of any permit holder who submits a fraudulent certification. The bill provides that the six-hour, behind-the-wheel automobile driving education course required pursuant to the State's graduated driver licensing law is to be completed through one-on-one instruction. However, the bill provides that a public, parochial, or private school or a licensed driver's school may permit additional students in the course, or the parents of the students, to be present in the rear seat of the vehicle, provided that the time a student spends in the rear seat of the vehicle is not to be considered behind-the-wheel automobile instruction for the purposes of the course. The bill requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to adopt standard, up-to-date guidelines to be implemented by public, private, and parochial schools and licensed drivers' schools offering courses of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education. The bill requires the guidelines to be developed by the MVC in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the State Department of Education, and licensed drivers' schools in this State. The bill increases from six months to 12 months the amount of time that a permit holder is required to hold a permit before becoming eligible for a probationary license. The bill also requires a sample practice driving log, in addition to other required information, to be included in informational brochures distributed to parents and guardians of beginning drivers under the age of 18.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Transportation and Independent Authorities
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 10/5/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
10/5/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
7/31/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (50-16-2)
3/7/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/7/2016 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (10:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 7/31/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 50 16 13
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 2