Senate approves Victory’s driver’s license bills

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would allow drivers eligible for a daytime only restricted license to be exempt from the nighttime driving requirements to obtain a driver’s license, said bill sponsor Sen. Roger Victory.

Victory introduced Senate Bills 192 and 193 because of Jack Carrier of Jenison, who was unable to complete standard driver’s training courses due to a medical condition that hinders his nighttime vision.

“Because of the nighttime driving requirements of driver’s training, Jack’s condition prevented him from completing the course, even though he was a capable driver in every other way,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “Those who will only be driving in the daytime should be able to complete driver’s training to obtain a restricted license. This legislation allows that.”

Victory’s bills would allow student drivers who legally cannot drive at night to forego the nighttime driving requirement to obtain their graduated license but would still require them to complete the standard hours of supervised driving required.

The state of Michigan currently issues daytime restricted licenses to those individuals over 18 who have a medical condition that prevents them from driving at night.

SBs 192 and 193 now head to the Michigan House for further consideration.