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Substitute Senate Bill No. 921

Public Act No. 03-171

AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES AND IMPOSING LIMITATIONS ON LICENSED MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS WHO ARE SIXTEEN OR SEVENTEEN YEARS OF AGE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 14-36 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003, but not applicable to persons sixteen or seventeen years of age who applied for a learner's permit on or before October 1, 2003):

(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section and section 14-40a, as amended by this act, no person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public highway of this state or private road on which a speed limit has been established in accordance with subsection (a) of section 14-218a until [he] such person has obtained a motor vehicle operator's license.

(b) (1) A person eighteen years of age or older may operate a motor vehicle without a motor vehicle operator's license if (A) [he] such person has not had a Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license suspended or revoked, and (B) [he] such person is under the instruction of, and accompanied by, a person who holds an instructor's license issued under the provisions of section 14-73 or a person twenty years of age or older who has been licensed to operate, for at least four years preceding the instruction, a motor vehicle of the same class as the motor vehicle being operated and who has not had his or her motor vehicle operator's license suspended by the commissioner during the four-year period preceding the instruction. (2) A person holding a valid out-of-state motor vehicle operator's license may operate a motor vehicle for a period of thirty days following [his] such person's establishment of residence in Connecticut, if the motor vehicle is of the same class as that for which his or her out-of-state motor vehicle operator's license was issued. (3) No person may cause or permit the operation of a motor vehicle by a person under sixteen years of age.

(c) (1) On or after January 1, 1997, a person who is sixteen or seventeen years of age and who has not had a motor vehicle operator's license or right to operate a motor vehicle in this state suspended or revoked may apply to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a learner's permit. The commissioner may issue a learner's permit to an applicant after the applicant has passed a vision screening and test as to knowledge of the laws concerning motor vehicles and the rules of the road, has paid the fee required by subsection (v) of section 14-49 and has filed a certificate, in such form as the commissioner prescribes, requesting or consenting to the issuance of the learner's permit and the motor vehicle operator's license, signed by (A) one or both parents or foster parents of the applicant, as the commissioner requires, (B) the legal guardian of the applicant, (C) the applicant's spouse, if the spouse is eighteen years of age or older, or (D) if the applicant has no qualified spouse and [his] such applicant's parent or foster parent or legal guardian is deceased, incapable, domiciled without the state or otherwise unavailable or unable to sign or file the certificate, the applicant's stepparent, or uncle or aunt by blood or marriage, provided such person is eighteen years of age or older. The commissioner may, for the more efficient administration of [his] the commissioner's duties, appoint any drivers' school licensed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-69 or any secondary school providing instruction in motor vehicle operation and highway safety in accordance with section 14-36e to issue a learner's permit, subject to such standards and requirements as the commissioner may prescribe in regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54. Each learner's permit shall expire on the date the holder of the permit is issued a motor vehicle operator's license or on the date the holder attains the age of eighteen years, whichever is earlier. (2) The learner's permit shall entitle the holder, while [he] such holder has the permit in his or her immediate possession, to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways, [except as provided in this subdivision,] provided [he] such holder is under the instruction of, and accompanied by, a person who holds an instructor's license issued under the provisions of section 14-73 or a person twenty years of age or older who has been licensed to operate, for at least four years preceding the instruction, a motor vehicle of the same class as the motor vehicle being operated and who has not had his or her motor vehicle operator's license suspended by the commissioner during the four-year period preceding the instruction. [The learner's permit shall entitle the holder to operate a motor vehicle on a multiple-lane limited access highway sixty days from the date of issuance, except that if the holder is under the instruction of a person who holds an instructor's license issued under the provisions of section 14-73, the learner's permit shall entitle such holder to operate a motor vehicle on such a highway thirty days from the date of issuance. ] The holder of a learner's permit who (A) is an active member of a certified ambulance service, as defined in section 19a-175, (B) has commenced an emergency vehicle operator's course that conforms to the national standard curriculum developed by the United States Department of Transportation, and (C) has had state and national criminal history records checks conducted by the certified ambulance service or by the municipality in which such ambulance service is provided, shall be exempt from the provisions of this subdivision only when such holder is en route to or from the location of the ambulance for purposes of responding to an emergency call. (3) The commissioner may revoke any learner's permit used in violation of the limitations imposed by subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(d) (1) No motor vehicle operator's license shall be issued to any applicant who is sixteen or seventeen years of age unless the applicant has held a learner's permit and has satisfied the requirements specified in this subsection. The applicant shall (A) present to the commissioner a certificate of the successful completion in a public secondary school, a state vocational school or a private secondary school of a full course of study in motor vehicle operation prepared as provided in section 14-36e or of training of similar nature provided by a licensed drivers' school approved by the commissioner, including, in each case, successful completion of not less than eight clock hours of behind-the-wheel, on-the-road instruction; (B) present to the commissioner a certificate of the successful completion of a course of not less than [five] eight hours relative to safe driving practices, including a minimum of [two] four hours on the nature and the medical, biological and physiological effects of alcohol and drugs and their impact on the operator of a motor vehicle, the dangers associated with the operation of a motor vehicle after the consumption of alcohol or drugs by the operator, the problems of alcohol and drug abuse and the penalties for alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle violations; and (C) pass an examination which shall include a comprehensive test as to knowledge of the laws concerning motor vehicles and the rules of the road and an on-the-road skills test as prescribed by the commissioner. At the time of application and examination for a motor vehicle operator's license, an applicant sixteen or seventeen years of age shall have held a learner's permit for not less than one hundred eighty days, except that an applicant who presents a certificate under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision shall have held a learner's permit for not less than one hundred twenty days and an applicant who is undergoing training and instruction by the handicapped driver training unit in accordance with the provisions of section 14-11b shall have held such permit for the period of time required by said unit. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall approve the content of the safe driving instruction at drivers' schools, high schools and other secondary schools. Such [five] eight hours of instruction [may] shall be included as part of or in addition to any existing instruction programs. Any fee charged for the course required under subparagraph (B) of this subdivision shall not exceed [forty dollars] an amount prescribed by the commissioner by regulation, adopted in accordance with chapter 54. Any applicant sixteen or seventeen years of age who, while a resident of another state, completed the course required in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, but did not complete the safe driving course required in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, shall complete the safe driving course, and any fee charged for the course shall not exceed an amount prescribed by the commissioner by regulation, adopted in accordance with chapter 54. The commissioner may waive any requirement in this subdivision, except for that in subparagraph (C) of this subdivision, in the case of an applicant sixteen or seventeen years of age who holds a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by any other state, provided the commissioner is satisfied that the applicant has received training and instruction of a similar nature. (2) The commissioner may accept as evidence of sufficient training under subparagraph (A) of subdivision (1) of this subsection home training as evidenced by a written statement signed by the spouse of a married minor applicant, or by a parent, grandparent, foster parent or the legal guardian of an applicant which states that the applicant has obtained a learner's permit and has successfully completed a driving course taught by the person signing the statement and that the signer has had an operator's license for at least four years preceding the date of the statement or, if the applicant has no spouse, parent, grandparent, foster parent or guardian so qualified and available to give the instruction, a statement signed by the applicant's stepparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt, by blood or marriage, provided the person signing the statement is qualified. (3) If the commissioner requires a written test of any applicant under this section, the test shall be given in English or Spanish at the option of the applicant, provided the commissioner shall require that the applicant shall have sufficient understanding of English for the interpretation of traffic control signs. (4) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the purposes of this subsection concerning the content of safe driving instruction at drivers' schools, high schools and other secondary schools.

(e) (1) No motor vehicle operator's license shall be issued until (A) the applicant signs and files with the commissioner an application under oath, except that renewals from the year immediately preceding need not be under oath, stating such information as the commissioner requires, and (B) the commissioner is satisfied that the applicant is sixteen years of age or older and is a suitable person to receive the license. (2) An applicant for a new motor vehicle operator's license shall, in the discretion of the commissioner, file, with the application, a copy of [his] such applicant's birth certificate or other prima facie evidence of [his] date of birth and evidence of identity. (3) Before granting a license to any applicant who has not previously held a Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license, or who has not operated a motor vehicle during the preceding two years, the commissioner shall require the applicant to demonstrate personally to [him, his] the commissioner, a deputy or a motor vehicle inspector or an agent of the commissioner, in such manner as the commissioner directs, that the applicant is a proper person to operate motor vehicles of the class for which [he] such applicant has applied, has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of the motor vehicles to ensure their safe operation by him or her and has satisfactory knowledge of the laws concerning motor vehicles and the rules of the road. If any such applicant has held a license from a state, territory or possession of the United States where a similar examination is required, or if any such applicant is a person honorably separated from the United States armed forces who applies within two years following the separation and who, prior to the separation, held a military operator's license for motor vehicles of the same class as that for which [he] such applicant has applied, the commissioner may waive part or all of the examination. [in his discretion. ] When the commissioner is satisfied as to the ability and competency of any applicant, [he] the commissioner may issue to [him] such applicant a license, either unlimited or containing such limitations as the commissioner deems advisable, and specifying the class of motor vehicles which the licensee is eligible to operate. (4) If any applicant or operator license holder has any health problem which might affect such person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, the commissioner may require the applicant or license holder to demonstrate personally or otherwise establish that, notwithstanding such problem, [he] such applicant or license holder is a proper person to operate a motor vehicle, and [he] the commissioner may further require a certificate of such applicant's condition, signed by a medical authority designated by [him] the commissioner, which certificate shall in all cases be treated as confidential by the commissioner. A license, containing such limitation as the commissioner deems advisable, may be issued or renewed in any case, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the commissioner from refusing a license, either limited or unlimited, to any person or suspending a license of a person whom [he] the commissioner determines to be incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle. Consistent with budgetary allotments, each motor vehicle operator's license issued to or renewed by a deaf or hearing impaired person shall, upon the request of such person, indicate such impairment. Such person shall submit a certificate stating such impairment, in such form as the commissioner may require and signed by a licensed health care practitioner. (5) The issuance of a motor vehicle operator's license to any applicant who is the holder of a license issued by another state shall be subject to the provisions of sections 14-111c and 14-111k, as amended by this act.

(f) No person issued a limited license shall operate (1) a motor vehicle in violation of the limitations imposed by such license, or (2) any motor vehicle other than the motor vehicle for which [his] such person's right to operate is limited.

(g) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined not less than seventy-five dollars nor more than ninety dollars and, for any subsequent offense, shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than three hundred fifty dollars or be imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

[(h) As used in this section, the words "motor vehicle" shall not be construed to include "motorcycle". ]

[(i)] (h) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 14-36a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(b) A class 1 or 2 operator's license which contains the endorsement "P" evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-44 to operate a taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, or service bus that is not used for school transportation purposes. A class 1 or 2 operator's license which contains the endorsement "S" evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-44 to operate a student transportation vehicle, as defined in section 14-212. A class 1 or 2 operator's license which contains the endorsement "M" evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-40a, as amended by this act, to operate a motorcycle.

Sec. 3. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 14-36d of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section and subject to the provisions of section 14-41, as amended by this act, the commissioner shall issue a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license containing a picture of the licensee. The license shall be of such form and content as the commissioner may prescribe and shall be signed by the licensee. The commissioner may acquire, by lease or purchase, and install at offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles and at such other locations where operator's licenses are renewed, such equipment as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

(b) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall, upon the first issuance of a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license to any person less than twenty-one years of age, issue a license containing a picture of the licensee. Such license shall indicate the date of such person's twenty-first birthday, be of such form and content as the commissioner may prescribe and be signed by the licensee.

Sec. 4. Section 14-40a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) [Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no] No person shall operate a motorcycle on any public highway of this state until [he] such person has obtained a [motorcycle] motor vehicle operator's license with a motorcycle endorsement from the commissioner.

(b) A person who is sixteen years of age or older and who has not had such a license suspended or revoked may apply to the commissioner for a [learner's] training permit. The commissioner may issue a [learner's] training permit, containing such limitation as he deems advisable, to an applicant after the applicant has passed all parts of the examination, other than the driving test, for a [motorcycle] motor vehicle operator's license with a motorcycle endorsement as required by subsection (e) of this section. The [learner's] training permit shall entitle the applicant, while he has the permit in his immediate possession, to drive a motorcycle on the public highways, other than multiple lane limited access highways, for a period of sixty days. A [learner's] training permit may be renewed, or a new permit issued, for an additional period of sixty days. On and after January 1, 1990, each applicant issued a [learner's] training permit shall, while operating a motorcycle, wear protective headgear of a type which conforms to the minimum specifications established by regulations adopted under subsection (b) of section 14-289g.

[(c) No motorcycle operator's license shall be issued until (1) the applicant for the license signs and files with the commissioner an application under oath, except that renewals from the year immediately preceding need not be under oath, stating such information as the commissioner requires and (2) the commissioner is satisfied that the applicant is sixteen years of age or older and is a suitable person to receive the license.

(d) (1) No motorcycle operator's license shall be issued to any person between sixteen and eighteen years of age unless a certificate, in such form as the commissioner prescribes, requesting or consenting to the issuance of the license has been signed and filed with the commissioner by: (A) One or both parents or foster parents of the applicant, as the commissioner requires, or (B) the legal guardian of the applicant or (C) the applicant's spouse, if the spouse is eighteen years of age or older. (2) No motorcycle operator's license shall be issued to any person between sixteen and eighteen years of age unless the applicant presents to the commissioner a certificate of the successful completion in a public secondary school, a state vocational school or private secondary school of a full course of study in motor vehicle operation prepared as provided by section 14-36e or of training of similar nature provided by a licensed drivers' school approved by the commissioner, including, in each case, successful completion of not less than six clock hours of actual road instruction. No person may cause or permit the operation of a motorcycle by a person under sixteen years of age. The commissioner may accept as evidence of sufficient training a certificate signed by the spouse, being eighteen years of age or older, of a married minor applicant, or by a parent or a foster parent or the legal guardian of an applicant which states that the applicant has successfully completed a driving course taught by the person signing the certificate, and that the signer has held an operator's license for at least two years preceding the date of the certificate, and that the signer has not had such license suspended by the commissioner for at least four years preceding the date of the certificate or, if the applicant has no spouse, parent, foster parent or guardian so qualified and available to give the instruction, a certificate signed by the applicant's stepparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt, by blood or marriage, provided the person signing the certificate is qualified and at least eighteen years of age or older. The commissioner shall provide forms for the certificates, which shall be called home training certificates. If the commissioner requires a written examination of any applicant under this section, the examination shall be given in English or Spanish at the option of the applicant, provided the commissioner shall require that the applicant shall have sufficient understanding of English for the interpretation of traffic control signs. ]

[(e)] (b) Before granting a [license] motorcycle endorsement to any applicant who has not [had a Connecticut motorcycle operator's license] held such an endorsement at any time within the preceding two years, the commissioner shall require the applicant to demonstrate personally to [him, his] the commissioner, a deputy or a motor vehicle inspector or an agent of the commissioner, in such manner as the commissioner directs, that the applicant is a proper person to operate a motorcycle, has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of a motorcycle to ensure its safe operation by [him] such applicant, and has satisfactory knowledge of the law concerning motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and the rules of the road. On and after January 1, 1990, an applicant under the age of eighteen shall also demonstrate that [he] such applicant has successfully completed a novice motorcycle training course offered by the Department of Transportation or approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. If an applicant has had a license or held such an endorsement from a state where a similar examination or course is required, the commissioner may waive part or all of any such requirement. When the commissioner is satisfied as to the ability and competency of the applicant, [he] the commissioner may issue [a license] an endorsement to [him] such applicant, either unlimited or containing such limitations as the commissioner deems advisable. If an applicant or motorcycle [operator license] endorsement holder has any health problem which might affect such person's ability to operate a motorcycle safely, the commissioner may require the applicant or [license] endorsement holder to demonstrate personally that, notwithstanding the problem, [he] such person is a proper person to operate a motorcycle, and [he] the commissioner may further require a certificate of the applicant's condition, signed by a medical authority designated by [him] the commissioner, which certificate shall, in all cases, be treated as confidential by the commissioner. [A license] An endorsement, containing such limitation as the commissioner deems advisable may be issued or renewed in any case, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the commissioner from refusing [a license] an endorsement, either limited or unlimited, to any person or suspending [a license] an endorsement of a person whom [he] the commissioner deems incapable of safely operating a motorcycle.

[(f)] (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle in any manner in violation of the limitations imposed in a limited [license] endorsement issued to [him] such person.

[(g)] (d) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a), (b) [,] or (c) [, (d) or (f)] of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined not less than thirty-five dollars nor more than fifty dollars and, for any subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

Sec. 5. Section 14-40c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Any person denied an operator's license, or whose license is suspended, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (e) of section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or subsection (e) of section 14-40a,] shall be entitled to a hearing before the commissioner, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 and section 14-4a.

Sec. 6. Section 14-41 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) Except as provided in section 14-41a, as amended by this act, each motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license shall be renewed every six years or every four years on the date of the operator's birthday in accordance with a schedule to be established by the commissioner. On and after July 1, 2003, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall screen the vision of each motor vehicle operator prior to every other renewal of the operator's license of such operator in accordance with a schedule adopted by the commissioner. Such screening requirement shall apply to every other renewal following the initial screening. In lieu of the vision screening by the commissioner, such operator may submit the results of a vision screening conducted by a licensed health care professional qualified to conduct such screening on a form prescribed by the commissioner during the twelve months preceding such renewal. No motor vehicle operator's license may be renewed unless the operator passes such vision screening. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection relative to the administration of vision screening.

(b) An original operator's license shall expire within a period not exceeding six years following the date of the operator's next birthday. The fee for such original license shall be computed at the rate of seventy-five cents per month except that the fee shall not exceed three dollars and fifty cents for any six-month period, plus the sum of three dollars; and on and after July 1, 1992, one dollar per month except that the fee shall not exceed four dollars for any six-month period plus the sum of five dollars and twenty-five cents.

(c) If a change is made in the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles affecting the date of birth of an operator after the original issuance or renewal of an operator's license, the expiration date shall remain as originally issued or renewed until the license expires. The operator shall then be issued a renewal license to expire on the date of the operator's birthday. No renewal license shall be issued for a period of less than twenty-four months or more than seventy-two months depending on the year of the operator's birth. The fee for such renewal license shall be computed at the rate of forty-five cents per month from the last day of the month in which such license expired except that the fee shall not exceed two dollars and fifty cents for any six-month period, plus the sum of one dollar.

(d) The commissioner shall, at least fifteen days before the date on which each motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license expires, notify the operator of the expiration date. Any previously licensed operator who operates a motor vehicle within sixty days after the expiration date of the operator's license without obtaining a renewal of the license shall be deemed to have failed to renew a motor vehicle operator's license and shall be fined in accordance with the amount designated for the infraction of failure to renew a motor vehicle operator's license. Any operator so charged shall not be prosecuted under section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or 14-40a] for the same act constituting a violation under this section but [sections] section 14-36, as amended by this act, [and 14-40a] shall apply after the sixty-day period.

(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1-3a, if the expiration date of any motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license or any public passenger transportation permit falls on any day when offices of the commissioner are closed for business or are open for less than a full business day, the license or permit shall be deemed valid until midnight of the next day on which offices of the commissioner are open for a full day of business.

Sec. 7. Section 14-41a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) An individual sixty-five years of age or older may renew a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license for either a two-year period or a six-year period. The fee for any license issued for a two-year period shall be seventeen dollars. On and after July 1, 1992, the fee shall be nineteen dollars.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of section 14-36d, as amended by this act, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may waive the requirement that a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license issued to an operator sixty-five years of age or older bear a photograph of the operator upon written application by such operator and a showing of hardship, which shall include, but not be limited to, the proximity of such operator's residence to a Department of Motor Vehicles branch office providing license renewal services.

Sec. 8. Subsection (d) of section 14-44h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(d) The commissioner shall, at least fifteen days before the date on which each commercial driver's license expires, notify the operator of the expiration date. Any previously licensed operator who operates a commercial motor vehicle within sixty days after the expiration date of such operator license without obtaining a renewal of such license shall be deemed to have failed to renew a motor vehicle operator's license and shall be fined in accordance with the amount designated for the infraction of failure to renew a motor vehicle operator's license. Any operator so charged shall not be prosecuted under section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or 14-40a] for the same act constituting a violation under this section but said [sections] section 14-36 [and 14-40a] shall apply after the sixty-day period.

Sec. 9. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 14-50 of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-41, as amended by this act, there shall be charged a fee of thirty-five dollars and fifty cents for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of four years, a fee of fifty-three dollars and twenty-five cents for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of six years and an additional fee of nine dollars for each year for each passenger endorsement. [There shall be charged a fee of thirty-seven dollars for each renewal of a motorcycle operator's license issued for a period of four years and a fee of fifty-five dollars and fifty cents for each renewal of a motorcycle operator's license issued for a period of six years; except that a person who holds a motor vehicle operator's license shall not be charged a fee for the renewal of a motorcycle operator's license if such person renews said motor vehicle operator's license. ]

(b) There shall be charged for each examination of an operator of a [motorcycle or other] motor vehicle a fee of thirty-six dollars. There may be charged for each advance appointment for an operator's license examination a fee of fifteen dollars which fee shall be paid to the commissioner at least six business days prior to the date of the appointment and shall be applied toward the examination fee if the applicant keeps the appointment. If the applicant fails to keep the appointment, the appointment fee shall be forfeited, unless (1) in the judgment of the commissioner, the applicant's failure to keep the appointment was due to exigent circumstances, or (2) the applicant reschedules the appointment.

Sec. 10. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 14-111e of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall suspend, for a period of one hundred fifty days, the motor vehicle operator's license [, motorcycle operator's license] or nonresident operating privilege of any person under the age of twenty-one who has been convicted of a violation of section 30-88a, as amended by this act, involving the misuse of an operator's license or section 30-89 involving the purchase and possession of alcoholic liquor by a minor.

(b) Any person under the age of twenty-one who has not been issued a motor vehicle operator's license under section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or a motorcycle operator's license under section 14-40a] and who has been convicted of a violation of section 30-88a, as amended by this act, involving the misuse of an operator's license, section 30-89 involving the purchase and possession of alcoholic liquor by a minor or subsection (e) of section 1-1h involving the misuse of an identity card, shall not be issued a new operator's license by the commissioner under section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or section 14-40a] until a period of one hundred fifty days has elapsed from the date all applicable requirements for any such license have been satisfied by the applicant.

Sec. 11. Subsection (b) of section 14-111k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner may issue a class 1 or class 2 operator's license [, or a motorcycle operator's license,] to an applicant who is the subject of a withdrawal of a commercial driver's license in any other member jurisdiction if the conduct on which such withdrawal is based would not have resulted in the withdrawal of the privilege to operate any motor vehicle other than a commercial motor vehicle.

Sec. 12. Subsection (d) of section 14-111l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(d) The commissioner shall maintain a record as to all convictions and administrative actions for motor vehicle and traffic violations committed in this state, and for any cases of failure to comply, as reported to the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of sections 14-140 and 14-141, by any person who has not been issued a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license by the commissioner or by the licensing authority of any other member jurisdiction, or whose license has expired or been cancelled. The commissioner shall transmit such record to such licensing authority of another jurisdiction, upon notification of the issuance of a license to such person.

Sec. 13. Subsection (b) of section 14-286 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(b) No person shall ride a bicycle with a helper motor unless that person holds a valid motor vehicle operator's license. [or motorcycle operator's license. ] No person shall operate a bicycle with a helper motor at a rate of speed exceeding thirty miles per hour; nor shall any bicycle with a helper motor be operated on any sidewalk, limited access highway or turnpike.

Sec. 14. Section 30-88a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Each person who attains the age of twenty-one years and has a motor vehicle [or motorcycle] operator's license, containing a full-face photograph of such person, may use and each permittee may accept such license as legal proof of the age of the licensee for the purposes of this chapter. Any person who misrepresents his or her age or uses or exhibits, for the purpose of procuring alcoholic liquor, an operator's license belonging to any other person, shall be fined not less than two hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 15. Section 36a-317b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

Each bank, as defined in section 36a-2, shall cash, at its main office or any of its branch offices within this state, for any person any check payable at such bank or drawn on an account held at the bank in an amount up to and including five hundred dollars, provided the check is presented for payment by the payee of the check, there are sufficient available funds in the account on which the check was drawn to pay the check, and the person cashing the check provides adequate identification, and any information necessary for the bank to meet any reporting or recordkeeping requirements, as required by the bank. The bank may not require more than two forms of identification if the person provides one of the following forms of identification: (1) A current passport issued by the State Department of the United States, (2) a current motor vehicle operator's license issued pursuant to section 14-36, as amended by this act, [or a current motorcycle operator's license issued pursuant to section 14-40a,] or (3) any current identity card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in accordance with section 1-1h. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the bank may determine that it is reasonably necessary to refuse payment in order to protect its customer or the bank against potential fraud or loss, or to otherwise comply with applicable law.

Sec. 16. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003, but not applicable to persons sixteen or seventeen years of age who applied for a learner's permit on or before October 1, 2003) (a) Each holder of a motor vehicle operator's license who is sixteen or seventeen years of age shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) For a period of three months after the date of issuance of such license, such person shall not transport more than one passenger, who shall be such person's parent or legal guardian, who holds a motor vehicle operator's license and is at least twenty-five years of age, or a driving instructor licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles;

(2) For the period beginning three months after the date of issuance of such license and ending six months after the date of issuance of such license, such person shall not transport any passenger other than as permitted under subdivision (1) of this subsection and any additional member or members of such person's immediate family;

(3) No such person shall operate any motor vehicle for which a public passenger transportation permit is required in accordance with the provisions of section 14-44 of the general statutes or a van pool vehicle, as defined in section 14-1 of the general statutes;

(4) No such person shall transport more passengers in a motor vehicle than the number of seat safety belts permanently installed in such motor vehicle; and

(5) For a period of six months after the date of issuance of such license, no such person issued a motorcycle endorsement shall transport any passenger on a motorcycle.

(b) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed to have committed an infraction. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, may suspend the motor vehicle operator's license of any person who commits a second or subsequent violation of the provisions of subsection (a) of this section until such person attains the age of eighteen years.

Approved June 26, 2003