Legislative Action & Updates
The 2017 Legislature is in session and there are several traffic education and safety bills up for discussion and votes. Bills related to seat belt education, seat belt laws, local distracted driving ordinances, bicycle safety and road access, DUIs, and learner licenses has been proposed. To learn more and get involved, visit http://www.leg.mt.gov.
HB 144, Generally revising motor vehicle laws, would remove the term "instruction permit" and instead only use the term "learner license" to identify the type of license issued to a driver when they pass the knowledge exam and are driving with adult supervision until they can pass the driver test and obtain their driver license. For drivers under the age of 18, the Graduated Licensing Law still applies.
One of the biggest changes, if this bill becomes law, would be allowing any licensed driver over the age of 18 who is authorized by the parent/guardian, to supervise the driving of a teen with a learner license. This is currently allowed, but requires the driver to wait until the traffic education course is over and then apply for an "instruction permit" that allows someone other than the parent/guardian to supervise their driving. This bill eliminates that step.
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