Following a brief review of the history of driver licensing, this paper emphasizes four areas of concern: the administrator's tendency to advocate the need for more law to do what he thinks is needed: exaggerated use of license suspension and revocation; point systems as a basis for evaluating driver performance; and the nature of law. The following suggestions are made concerning the future of driver licensing law in terms of highway safety: (1) More discretionary power should be given to the administrator of the licensing function,and he should make more effective use of powers he already has;(2) driver licensing should be less involved in legislation per se and the power exercised thereby;(3) better communication between the legislature and the administrator would overcome credibility gaps and foster cooperation in the creation of needed legal authority;(4) better communication should be established between the administrator and the public on what the law is, and why; and (5) more research should be conducted to validate practices and procedures before they get locked into the system.

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  • Accession Number: 00095901
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-016 656
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM