NH House Majority Leader Comments on Passage of Bill Allowing for Affordable Online Driver Education Option

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commented on the passage of House Bill 1440, which would allow candidates for drivers licenses to take courses online instead of attending driver education schools, which often can be very expensive. The bill passed with the minority amendment.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“We are trying to give New Hampshire citizens more affordable options in driver education. Many teens of age to obtain a drivers license have to wait until the age of 18 as they are forced to forgo driver education because they just can’t afford it. This is especially unfortunate for families who rely on the extra income that a teen may be contributing from a part-time job. By allowing a more affordable option through a New Hampshire Department of Safety approved online driver education course, those kids with lower means than some of their friends and neighbors will now be able to get their licenses, too. This is especially important in these tough economic times when New Hampshire’s families have less disposable income to send their teens to expensive driving schools.”