Personal Injury Blog

District of Columbia Suspends New Driver Education Requirements Before They Take Effect

By: Allan M. Siegel

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed course, and decided – for now, at least – not to put into effect a new regulation that was set to take effect on May 1, 2016. This regulation would have required that anyone seeking their first driver’s license attend a private driver’s education course for 30 hours.

The DMV had enacted the driver education rule in an effort to make D.C. streets safer. However, some opponents were concerned that increasing the cost of obtaining a driver’s license would disproportionately harm persons of low income.

While the rule is under suspension, the D.C. council – which has expressed skepticism of the new rule -- will hold hearings on the rule’s efficacy.