Driving tests for teenage Wisconsin drivers could be scrapped – NBC Chicago
New teenage drivers in Wisconsin may no longer have to take a driving test under a proposal from Gov. Tony Evers approved by the Legislative Budget committee on Tuesday,
The Republican-controlled committee voted to allow the state Department of Transportation to grant waivers for the test starting in the net year.
Last year, the ministry launched a pilot project in response to the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the number of people needing an in-person driving test. From May 2020 to April 2021, 48,100 drivers obtained their licenses without taking the traditional driving test, according to budget documents prepared for the committee.
Evers had proposed to make the pilot program permanent as part of its state budget.
To be eligible, the driver must apply for a non-commercial driver’s license, have successfully completed a driving course that includes 30 hours of driving experience and have not committed any offense within six months of applying. An adult must also consent to waive the test.
The state estimates that about 75% of applicants per year would quit the driving test, or about 20,250 out of 107,000.
The proposal is part of the state budget that the entire legislature will likely vote on later this month, sending it to Evers for review.