SB 215 - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 215
SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4
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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
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.
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  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.
|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|
|Feb. 19, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|March 7, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|