HB 0717 Commercial Drivers; Motorcycles; Speeding
Sponsor:PROST Handling House Bill:STAPLES
Committee:TRAN LR Number:L1565.02T
Last Action:07/12/95 - Signed by Governor
Effective Date:August 28, 1995
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Current Bill Summary

HB 717 - This act makes changes for commercial drivers, motorcyclists, driving regulations and the Department of Revenue.

DOR RECORDS - All records of the Department of Revenue, including electronic records, shall be admissible as evidence in courts and administrative proceedings.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSES - Violations of federal, other states' and certain other countries' drunk driving laws shall be considered violations under Missouri CDL (commercial driver's license) law. Violators of out-of-service orders are punished more severely, with a Class A misdemeanor, disqualifications of up to 3 years, and civil penalties of $1,000 and $2,500. The General Counsel of the Division of Transportation (Department of Economic Development) may bring actions to enforce the civil penalties. Instruction permits may be issued for a 30-day period.

DRIVING REGULATIONS - The penalty for speeding is reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The law against driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license is rewritten.

MOTORCYCLE HELMETS - The penalty for failing to wear a helmet is reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction with a maximum fine of $25. No court costs and no points against the license shall be imposed. (SB 368)

MOTORCYCLE EDUCATION, LICENSING - Teenagers at least 15 and 1/2 years of age may get temporary permits to operate motorcycles. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) shall establish standards and administer a motorcycle safety education program. Rider and instructor training courses shall be included in the program. The DPS Director shall establish an advisory committee of seven members to help develop the program. Passage of the course shall be indicated on the person's driver's license. No driving test for a motorcycle is required if the course has been completed. The assessment of points against a motorcycle operator's license may be stayed if the driver completes an approved motorcycle course.

A trust fund is created to receive all court fees, appropriations, grants and other funds for the motorcycle program. Court costs of $5 are imposed upon violators of laws or ordinances when a motorcycle is involved. The costs are doubled if alcohol consumption was involved. The sections relating to the motorcycle safety education program shall terminate 8/28/99. (SB 271)

MISCELLANEOUS - Special mobile equipment may be moved on the highways on weekends and holidays in emergencies.