House Bill #5684 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES

Exempts individuals validly licensed in their country and holding a validly issued study or work Visa from the State's licensing requirements.

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  • 2017 – H 5684
  • 2017 – H 5684 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS'
  • LICENSES
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS'
  • LICENSES
  • Introduced By: Representatives Kennedy, Edwards, McNamara, and Shekarchi
  • Date Introduced: March 01, 2017
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 31-10-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-10 entitled "Operators' and Chauffeurs' Licenses"is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 31-10-2. Persons exempt from licensing requirements.
  • The following persons are exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter:
  • (1) Any employee of the United States government while operating a motor vehicle owned by or leased to the United States government and being operated on official business;
  • (2) A nonresident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to him or her in his or her home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as an operator;
  • (3) Any individual who holds an active work or study Visa validly issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to him or her in his or her country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as an operator for the duration of the term of the issued Visa. However, in addition to the methods provided for pursuant to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, prior to operating a motor vehicle in this state such individuals qualifying under this subsection must complete an application provided by the Rhode Island division of motor vehicles.
  • (4) Any individual who holds a Green Card validly issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to him or her in his or her country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as an operator for the duration of the term of the issued Green Card. However, in addition to the methods provided for pursuant to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, prior to operating a motor vehicle in this state such individuals qualifying under this subsection must complete an application provided by the Rhode Island division of motor vehicles.
  • (3)(5) A nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid chauffeur's license issued to him or her in his or her home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state either as an operator or chauffeur. Subject to the age limits applicable to chauffeurs in this state, that license shallbe accepted as a chauffeur class I license. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a nonresident must submit an application for a chauffeur class I license which must be approved before a nonresident may be employed as a chauffeur in this state;
  • (4)(6) Any nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age, whose home state or country does not require the licensing of operators, may operate a motor vehicle as an operator only, for a period of not more than ninety (90) days in any calendar year, if the motor vehicle so operated is duly registered in the home state or country of that nonresident;
  • (5)(7) Any operator of any traction engine, road roller, farm tractor, crane, power shovel, well-borer, and any other road and building construction machinery and equipment, other than a truck used for the transportation of materials.
  • (8) Nothing herein is intended to or to be construed to adversely affect, impact or interfere with any individual's rights to obtain a driver's license in accordance with the provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 31-10-2 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-10 entitled "Operators' and Chauffeurs' Licenses" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 31-10-2. Persons exempt from licensing requirements.
  • The following persons are exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter:
  • (1) Any employee of the United States government while operating a motor vehicle owned by or leased to the United States government and being operated on official business;
  • (2) A nonresident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his or her their immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to him or her them in his or her their home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as an operator;
  • (3) Any individual over the age of eighteen (18) years who has in their immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to them in their country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as an operator for the term and in accordance with the methods provided for pursuant to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, Chapter V, art. 24, September 19, 1949 without further examination.
  • (4) Any individual who holds an active work or study Visa validly issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in their immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to them in their country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as provided for pursuant to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, Chapter V, art. 24, September 19, 1949 without further examination; provided, however, that upon expiration of the term set forth in the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, said individual may only operate a motor vehicle in this state upon completion of an application provided by the Rhode Island division of motor vehicles and only for the unexpired term of the issued Visa.
  • (5) Any individual who holds a Green Card validly issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in their immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to them in their country may operate a motor vehicle in this state pursuant to the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, Chapter V, art. 24, September 19, 1949 without further examination; provided, however, that upon expiration of the term set forth in the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, said individual may only operate a motor vehicle in this state upon completion of an application provided by the Rhode Island division of motor vehicles and only for the unexpired term of the issued Green Card.
  • (3)(6) A nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in his or her their immediate possession a valid chauffeur's license issued to him or her them in his or her their home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state either as an operator or chauffeur. Subject to the age limits applicable to chauffeurs in this state, that license shall be accepted as a chauffeur class I license. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a nonresident must submit an application for a chauffeur class I license which must be approved before a nonresident may be employed as a chauffeur in this state;
  • (4)(7) Any nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age, whose home state or country does not require the licensing of operators, may operate a motor vehicle as an operator only, for a period of not more than ninety (90) days in any calendar year, if the motor vehicle so operated is duly registered in the home state or country of that nonresident;
  • (5)(8) Any operator of any traction engine, road roller, farm tractor, crane, power shovel, well-borer, and any other road and building construction machinery and equipment, other than a truck used for the transportation of materials.
  • (9) The department of motor vehicles is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS'
  • LICENSES
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  • This act would exempt individuals validly licensed in their country and holding a validly issued study or work Visa from the State's licensing requirements.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001752 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS'
  • LICENSES
  • ***
  • This act would exempt individuals validly licensed in their country and holding a validly issued study or work Visa from the State's licensing requirements in accordance with the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001752/SUB A ========

Votes

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Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 29, 2017 at 6:01pm
Yeas: 72 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y