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House Bill 086 — Driver’s education, parents

House Bill 086 — Driver’s education, parents

Parrish Miller
February 6, 2023

Bill Description: House Bill 86 would allow most parents and legal guardians to provide driver training for their children in lieu of formal driver's training. 

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House Bill 86 would amend Section 49-307, Idaho Code, to say that if parents provide driver’s training for their children, government will treat it as if it were provided by programs offered through public schools. Most parents and legal guardians could take advantage of this change.

The bill would impose a number of requirements on parents and legal guardians. 

The parent or legal guardian must possess "a valid Idaho driver's license that permits unaccompanied driving" and have not had "a license suspended, revoked, or canceled" or been "disqualified from holding an Idaho driver's license for the previous two (2) years." Additionally, the parent or legal guardian must be age 21 or older. 

The driver training provided must include at least 92 hours over no less than 6 months, including at least 50 hours of "street or highway driving" and at least 10 hours of "driving after sunset or before sunrise."

Fortunately, any (21 or older) family member of the child receiving driver training can be regarded as a "parent or legal guardian" for the purposes of this section, and "a student may receive parent-student driver's training from more than one (1) qualifying parent or legal guardian."

"A qualifying parent or legal guardian who provides parent-student driver's training under this section shall maintain and submit a log to the county driver's license office at the completion of the student's training. The log shall include the dates the lessons were conducted and details regarding what was included in the lesson."

This provision save parents money, particularly if they have to travel a significant distance to take their kids to driver’s training. It would also restore parents’ right to act as their children's primary driving instructors.


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