Provides a waiver from the driving skills test for a driver's license for active duty and recently discharged military personnel.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing a waiver from the driving skills test for a driver's license for active duty and recently discharged military personnel
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow for active duty and recently discharged military personnel to receive a waiver of the driving skills tests required to get driver's licenses if they demonstrated the driving skills necessary to pass such a test through their military service.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends subdivision 4 of section 502 of the Vehicle and Traffic law to include a new paragraph (i) which provides that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall promulgate regulations to provide for a waiver of any driving skills test required pursuant to subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) for any person who has demonstrated the skills required to pass such a lest through their service in U.S. Military or New York National Guard and is currently in service or was honorably discharged within one year of requesting such waiver.
Section 2: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Active duty military personnel, and veterans who have recently been honorably discharged, very often need to acquire driver's licenses, especially commercial drivers licenses, to obtain employment. This would allow such active duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans who have demonstrated their driving skills through their service to receive a waiver of the driving skills tests required to receive a license. Currently, a waiver is available only within 90 days of being honorably discharged. This would allow for the waiver within one year of being honorably discharged.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6823 of 2012: Referred to Senate Transportation Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3777 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 14, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing a waiver from the driving skills test for a driver's license for active duty and recently discharged military personnel THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows: (I) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE WAIVER OF ANY TEST REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION FOR ANY PERSON WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THE DRIVING SKILLS NECESSARY TO PASS SUCH TEST THROUGH HIS OR HER SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD, AND/OR RESERVES THEREOF, AND/OR THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, NEW YORK GUARD AND/OR THE NEW YORK NAVAL MILITIA, AND WHO IS CURRENTLY IN SERVICE OR WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED OR RELEASED UNDER HONORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES FROM SUCH SERVICE LESS THAN ONE YEAR PRIOR TO HIS OR HER REQUEST FOR SUCH A WAIVER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08601-01-3