TO MODIFY THE LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS FOR PROVISIONAL LICENSES; TO REQUIRE A DRIVING LOG SHOWING ONE HUNDRED TWENTY HOURS OF DRIVING TIME BY A PROVISIONAL LICENSEE BEFORE A LEVEL 3 PROVISIONAL LICENSE MAY BE ISSUED; TO REQUIRE A ONE YEAR REVOCATION OF A PROVISIONAL LICENSEE'S OR SUPERVISING DRIVERS LICENSE IF A DRIVING LOG IS FALSIFIED; TO REQUIRE AN IMMEDIATE REVOCATION OF A PROVISIONAL LICENSE IF THE PROVISIONAL LICENSEE IS CHARGED WITH A VIOLATION OF THE RESTRICTIONS FOR A PROVISIONAL LICENSEE, A MOVING VIOLATION, OR A SEAT BELT VIOLATION; AND TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO REPORT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition. Amends GS 20-11 to raise the age of provisional licensees from 18 years old to 19 years old. Amends proposed GS 20-11(d)(5) to require a driving log showing 60 hours (previously 120) as the operator of a motor vehicle, as detailed, before a person is issued a level 2 provisional license. Amends GS 20-11(f) to provide a person may obtain a full provisional license if, along with other requirements, the person has held a limited provisional license issued by the Division for at least 12 months (previously six months). Amends GS 20-11(k) to provide a person at least 23 years old may be considered a supervising driver under the statute for a permit holder or license holder at least 18 years old. Provides that a person at least 18 years old may make his or her own certification regarding moving violations under GS 20-11(h1)(1), GS 20-11(h1)(2), GS 20-11(h2), and GS 20-11(h3).
Amends GS 20-16(b) to provide that a provisional licensee that is at least 18 years old may request a hearing regarding a suspended provisional license. Amends GS 20-137.3 to provide that, except as otherwise provided in the statute, no person under the age of 19 years old (previously 18 years old) may operate a vehicle on a public street or highway while using a mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion. Makes additional conforming changes, including to bill title. Effective October 1, 2011, and applies to limited learner’s permits, limited provisional licenses, and full provisional licenses issued on or after that date, but does not apply to a person who is issued a full provisional license or reaches the age of 18 years old prior to October 1, 2011.
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