Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am
Pennsylvania recently adopted new rules affecting teen drivers under the age of 18. The new law increases the supervised, behind-the-wheel training requirements for drivers with learners permits under the age of 18 from 50 hours to 65 hours. Ten of the added hours must consist of night time driving. The other 5 hours must be driven in poor weather conditions.
Also, the restrictions on the number and age of passengers that may be in a vehicle operated by a person with a junior driver’s license has changed. As of December 27, 2011, the new law now requires that for the first 6 months after receiving their junior drivers license, a driver is not permitted to have more than one passenger under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member in a vehicle unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If the junior driver has not been convicted of any driving violations or been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash after 6 months, they then may have up to 3 passengers under the age of 18 who are not immediate family members without a parent or legal guardian present. However, if they are convicted of any driving violations or partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash while a junior driver, they are once again restricted to the one passenger limit. These rules became effective as of December 27, 2011.