THE DRIVER LICENSE COMPACT AND THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE

A COMMENTARY AND COMPARISON ARE PRESENTED OF PROVISIONS IN THE DRIVER LICENSE COMPACT AND THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE. IN JANUARY OF 1969, THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY BUREAU RECOMMENDED THAT EACH STATE REVIEW ITS DRIVER LICENSING LAWS TO ASSURE THEIR CONFORMANCE OR COMPATIBILITY WITH THE CODE AND ADOPT OR COMPLY WITH THE DRIVER LICENSE COMPACT. THIS COMPARISON AND COMMENTARY WERE PREPARED TO ASSIST STATES CONSIDERING REVISIONS IN THEIR DRIVER LICENSING LAWS AND ENACTMENT OR IMPLEMENTATION OF PRINCIPLES IN THE COMPACT. THE COMMENTARY COVERS ON THE SELECTIVE BASIS, THE DEVELOPMENT AND STATUS OF STATE MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAWS, PARTICULARLY AS THEY RELATE TO PROVISIONS IN THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE. BOTH THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE AND THE DRIVER LICENSE COMPACT HAVE PROVISIONS CONCERNING INTER-STATE ASPECTS OF DRIVER MISCONDUCT. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO DOCUMENTS INVOLVES THEIR RESPECTIVE APPROACHES TO INVOKING THE POWERS OF STATE AGENCIES ADMINISTERING DRIVER LICENSING LAWS. THE CODE AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATE ACTION AND THE COMPACT REQUIRES IT. THE CODE AUTHORIZES THE HOME STATE TO TAKE ACTION FOR CONDUCT OCCURRING IN ANOTHER STATE EVEN THOUGH IT DID NOT RESULT IN A CONVICTION, WHILE THE COMPACT IS PREDICATED UPON THE EXISTENCE OF A CONVICTION. THE CODE ALONE CONTEMPLATES GIVING EFFECT TO PROVISIONS TO DRIVER MISCONDUCT OCCURRING IN CANADA AND WOULD AUTHORIZE ANOTHER STATE TO PROHIBIT DRIVING BY A RESIDENT OF ONE STATE BECAUSE OF CONVICTION IN A THIRD STATE. THE CODE WOULD PROHIBIT ISSUANCE OF A LICENSE TO A NEW STATE RESIDENT WHOSE LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED IN ANOTHER STATE FOR ANY REASON UNRELATED TO A VIOLATION OR WHOSE LICENSE WAS REVOKED BECAUSE OF REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 70-5, 11 PP
  • Publication Date: 1970-5-22

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  • Accession Number: 00238816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1970 12:00AM