Bill Details - SB215 (2019)










AN ACT relative to learning to drive and commercial motor vehicles designed to transport passengers.


SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4


COMMITTEE: Transportation






This bill removes the requirement that a licensed driver occupy the seat adjacent to a person learning to drive a bus and allows the licensed driver to sit adjacent to or beside the person learning to drive, and clarifies the minimum number of passengers a commercial vehicle is designed to transport for purposes of penalties for driving while subject to an out-of-service order.


This is a request of the department of safety.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT relative to learning to drive and commercial motor vehicles designed to transport passengers.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Drivers' Licenses; Conditions and Requirements for a License; Exception for Persons Learning to Drive.  Amend RSA 263:25, I to read as follows:

I.  Except as provided in paragraph II, a person who does not possess a driver's license may drive a motor vehicle while being taught to drive, when accompanied by a person holding a driver's license of the appropriate class and type for the vehicle being driven, who is occupying the seat beside, or[, in the case of a bus,] immediately adjacent to, the person who is being taught to drive.  This exception shall not apply to persons whose driving privileges or driver's licenses have been suspended or revoked for cause, persons less than 15-1/2 years of age, and persons learning to drive commercial motor vehicles unless they meet the requirements of paragraph II.  For all unlicensed drivers the person accompanying them shall be a certified driving instructor, parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult who is 25 years of age or older and who is a licensed driver.  The person accompanying the unlicensed driver shall be liable for the violation of any provision of this title or rules adopted hereunder committed by such unlicensed driver.  A person who is learning to drive pursuant to the provisions of this section shall have in his possession proof of the fact he meets the age requirement.

2  Drivers' Licenses; Commercial Licensing; Disqualification and Out-of-Service Orders.  Amend RSA 263:93-a, II to read as follows:

II.  Any person who knowingly transports hazardous materials in a commercial motor vehicle that is subject to an out-of-service order or who operates a commercial motor vehicle designed or used to transport [15] 16 or more passengers, including the driver, while such vehicle is subject to an out-of-service order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and the person's commercial driver license or privilege to drive shall be suspended for not less than 180 days nor more than 2 years for a first offense, or for not less than 3 years nor more than 5 years for a second or subsequent offense within a 10-year period.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.


Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 4
Feb. 19, 2019 Hearing: 02/19/2019, Room 103, LOB, 01:50 pm; SC 11
March 7, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/07/2019; Vote 5-0; CC SC 12
March 7, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/07/2019; SJ 7
March 20, 2019 Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 11 P. 70
April 30, 2019 Public Hearing: 04/30/2019 11:00 am LOB 203
May 14, 2019 Executive Session: 05/14/2019 10:00 am LOB 203
May 23, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1846h for 05/23/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 25 P. 7
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1846h (Vote 19-0; CC)

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 7, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 30, 2019 House Hearing
May 14, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 23, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB215 Revision: 5194 Date: Jan. 22, 2019, 10:17 a.m.