New Rules For Area’s Young Drivers

Iowa DOT new logo 2014Northwest Iowa — Young northwest Iowa drivers will be affected as the Iowa Department of Transportation updates it’s rules for young drivers to reflect changes in law approved by the Iowa Legislature.

Sara Siedsma, with the DOT Motor Vehicle Division, says one update involves a restriction on passengers.

Drivers must have an instruction permit for one year without an accident or conviction for traffic offense before getting an intermediate license. Siedsma says drivers have to wait six months after a conviction before the clock can start again, but the year period does not have to be 12 consecutive months.

She says they’ve also updated the process for parents seeking a waiver of driver’s education.

Siedsma says there’s also a change designed to give more flexibility for school permits.

She says the students often alternate staying with each parent and this allows them to still drive using their school permit as long as they meet the requirements.

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