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HF 650

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/24/2011 09:51am

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Introduction Pdf Posted on 02/24/2011

Current Version - as introduced

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to transportation; regulating driver education and driver examination
1.3related to carbon monoxide poisoning; making technical changes;amending
1.4Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 171.0701; 171.13, subdivision 1, by adding a

1.7    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.0701, is amended to read:
1.9    Subdivision 1. Driver education requirements. (a) The commissioner shall adopt
1.10rules requiring a minimum of 30 minutes of instruction, beginning January 1, 2007,
1.11relating to organ and tissue donations and the provisions of section 171.07, subdivision
, for persons enrolled in driver education programs offered at public schools, private
1.13schools, and commercial driver training schools.
1.14    (b) The commissioner shall adopt rules for persons enrolled in driver education
1.15programs offered at public schools, private schools, and commercial driver training
1.16schools, requiring inclusion in the course of instruction, by January 1, 2009, a section on
1.17awareness and safe interaction with commercial motor vehicle traffic. The rules must
1.18require classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training that includes, but is not
1.19limited to, truck stopping distances, proper distances for following trucks, identification of
1.20truck blind spots, and avoidance of driving in truck blind spots.
1.21    (c) By January 1, 2012, the commissioner shall adopt rules for persons enrolled in
1.22driver education programs offered at public schools, private schools, and commercial
1.23driver training schools, requiring inclusion in the course of instruction of a section on
1.24carbon monoxide poisoning. The instruction must include but is not limited to (1)
2.1a description of the characteristics of carbon monoxide, (2) a review of the risks and
2.2potential speed of death from carbon monoxide poisoning, and (3) specific suggestions
2.3regarding vehicle idling practices.
2.4    Subd. 2. Rulemaking. The rules adopted by the commissioner under paragraph
2.5(b) this section are exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14. The rules are
2.6subject to section 14.386, except that notwithstanding paragraph (b) of section 14.386, the
2.7rules continue in effect until repealed or superseded by other law or rule.
2.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

2.9    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.10    Subdivision 1. Examination subjects and locations; provisions for color
2.11blindness, disabled veterans. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the
2.12commissioner shall examine each applicant for a driver's license by such agency as the
2.13commissioner directs. This examination must include:
2.14(1) a test of the applicant's eyesight;
2.15(2) a test of the applicant's ability to read and understand highway signs regulating,
2.16warning, and directing traffic;
2.17(3) a test of the applicant's knowledge of (i) traffic laws; knowledge of (ii) the effects
2.18of alcohol and drugs on a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally,
2.19and of the legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws
2.20prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or
2.21drugs; knowledge of (iii) railroad grade crossing safety; knowledge of (iv) slow-moving
2.22vehicle safety; knowledge of (v) laws relating to pupil transportation safety, including the
2.23significance of school bus lights, signals, stop arm, and passing a school bus; knowledge
2.24of (vi) traffic laws related to bicycles; and (vii) the circumstances and dangers of carbon
2.25monoxide poisoning;
2.26(4) an actual demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control
2.27in the operation of a motor vehicle; and
2.28(5) other physical and mental examinations as the commissioner finds necessary to
2.29determine the applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle safely upon the highways,
2.30provided, further however,.
2.31(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), no driver's license shall may be denied an
2.32applicant on the exclusive grounds that the applicant's eyesight is deficient in color
2.33perception. Provided, however, that War veterans operating motor vehicles especially
2.34equipped for disabled persons, shall, if otherwise entitled to a license, must be granted
2.35such license.
3.1(c) The commissioner shall make provision for giving these the examinations under
3.2this subdivision either in the county where the applicant resides or at a place adjacent
3.3thereto reasonably convenient to the applicant.
3.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective January 1, 2012.

3.5    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.13, is amended by adding a subdivision
3.6to read:
3.7    Subd. 1l. Driver's manual; carbon monoxide. The commissioner shall include in
3.8each edition of the driver's manual published by the department after August 1, 2011, a
3.9section that includes up-to-date lifesaving information on carbon monoxide poisoning.
3.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

3.12The revisor of statutes shall recodify Minnesota Statutes, section 171.13,
3.13subdivisions 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1i, 1j, 1k, and 1l, as Minnesota Statutes, section
3.14171.0705. The revisor shall correct any cross-references made necessary by this
3.16EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

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