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Another feature of the Traiic Safety forcement of bans against unqualified Act sets safety standards for automobile drivers. Anyone who has had his license tires to insure that they will be capable revoked or been refused a license will of performing under the demands that have his name so recorded in this regwill be placed on them. Finally, the ister. This will make it easier for any legislation establishes a National Driver jurisdiction to check the background of Register as an aid to more effective en- & driver applying for a Ucense.
AMENDMENT OFTERED BY MR. MOSS
request. It is not clear at all whether & Mr. MOSS. Mr. Chairman, I offer an district attorney, a county or, as I say, a amendment.
city prosecutor could forward a request The Clerk read as follows:
and have it responded to. I have disAmendment offered by Mr. Moss: On page cussed this also with the distinguished 69, une 1, after “State" insert "a political gentleman from Illinois and with the subdivision thereof".
chairman of the committee, and I believe Mr. MOSS. Mr. Chairman, again I do
it is also noncontroversial. not believe this is controversial. It makes
Mr. SPRINGER. Mr. Chairman, we it quite clear that a district attorney or
have no objection. a city prosecutor could seek information Mr. STAGGERS. We have no objecfrom the drivers license registry main
tion to it. tained by the Department of Commerce. The CHAIRMAN. The question is on The present language is rather confused. the amendment offered by the gentleIt states "at the request of a State." It man from California (Mr. Moss). does not say who in the State makes the The amendment was agreed to.
House Committee Report House Report 1776, Page 34
Title IV–National Driver Register Section 401 of the reported bill is a complete revision of the act of July 14, 1960 (23 U.S.Č. 313 note).
The first section of this revision authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to establish and maintain a register identifying each individual reported to him by a State or political subdivision thereof as one with respect to whom such State or political subdivision has denied, terminated, or temporarily withdrawn (except a withdrawal for less than six months based on a series of nonmoving violations) an individual's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
Section 2 of the revision requires the Secretary, but only at the request of the State or Federal department or agency, to furnish information contained in the register, except that such information is to be furnished only to the requesting party and only with respect to an individual applicant for a motor vehicle operator's license or permit.
The third section of the revision is a definition of the term "State" to include not only the States, but the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, and American Samoa.
The revision of the driver register service in this title will strengthen and expand it to include identification of any individual whose license has been denied, revoked, or suspended, except for suspensions for less than 6 months based on nonmoving violations. The Secretary is given the authority to include in the register any class of denials, revocations, or suspension that is sufficiently common among the States to make the information mutually useful. The committee has been informed that the present driver register service processes some 45,000 daily inquiries. No doubt under the revision proposed these inquiries will increase. The committee considered the question of whether or not political subdivisions of States and officials thereof should be free to make inquiries to gain information from the national driver register and determine that this provision should not be so extended because in the first instance an official in a political subdivision can consult his own State department of motor vehicles and if appropriate the information requested could be transmitted on to the Federal Government by the State.
Senate Passed Act
TTTLE 6-HIGHWAY SAFETY
National driver register Sec. 301. Title 23, United States Codo, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof a new section: "§ 321. National drivor register servico
"(a) Tho Socretary sball establish and maintain a register containing tho name of each individual reported to him by a State, or political subdivision thereof, as an individual with respect to whom such stato or political subdivision has denied, terminatod, or temporarily withdrawn (oxcopt a withdrawal for less than ninety days based on habitual violation) an individual's Ucense or privilege to operate a motor vehicle. Such rogistor shall also contain such other information as the Socretary may deem appropriate to carry out the purposes of this section.
"(b) Tho Socretary shall, at the request of any state, or poutical subdivision thereol,
or at the request of any Federal department or agency, furnish such information as may bo contained in the register established under subsection (a) with respect to any individual appucant for a motor vehicle operator's Uconse or permit.
"(c) As used in this soction, the term
(b) The analysis of chaptor 8 of titlo 28,
Mr. CASE. Mr. President, I appre- The committee decided upon a period ciate deeply the courtesy accorded me of 6 months because it felt that that was by the Senator from New Hampshire and a proper time. However, the State of the Senator from Washington.
New Jersey should be complimented. I send to the desk an amendment and The State of New Jersey has some good, ask that it be stated.
stringent trafic laws, including & 3The PRESIDING OFFICER. The month provision. I do not believe the amendment will be stated.
bill will be harmed by containing a 3The legislative clerk read as follows: month provision. Such a provision On page 64, line 14, striko out “six months' might encourage some states to follow and insert “ninety days."
This is another part of the trafic safety Mr. CASE. Under the bill, the Driver
problem that the Committee on ComRegister Service would be broadened to
merce dealt with about 2 years ago. The permit the Register to list the names of
committee began a driver registration additional categories of problem drivers
clearinghouse in Washington, D.C.-A whose Ucenses have been either revoked
sort of trafic FBI for drivers who move or suspended. However, there would be
from one State to another. The States one exception. The exception would
were asked to take advantage of this, exempt from coverage those motorists
and 50 States did so. At the present who are deprived of their driving privi
time, 40,000 inquiries & day are being leges for 6 months or less because of
received. babitual violation. The bulk of those in
The desire is to make the bill more this category, I am told, would be indi
workable, and the 3-month provision will viduals whose Ucenses would be taken
not hurt it at all. It might make the away under a State point system.
bill better. My amendment is designed to bring
I am glad to accept the amendment. more of these bad drivers within the cov
Mr. CASE. I thank the Senator from erage of the Register, and thereby help
Washington. He is the parent and I improve highway safety. It would ac
am the coparent of this Driver Registracomplish this by reducing the 6-month
tion Service, in a sense; and I believe the exception in 8. 3005 to 90 days.
Joint paternity in this case is working While I would have preferred a 30-day
well. limitation, and previously introduced a
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The bull to this effect, I believe 90 days AS
question is on agreeing to the amendment opposed to 6 months is a step in the of the Senator from New Jersey. right direction, and will make more ef
The amendment was agreed to. fective the new role we are carving out Mr. COTTON. I join the chairman of for the National Driver Register Service.
the committee, the Senator from WashMr. MAGNUSON. Mr. President, i ington, in saying to the Senator from the Senator from New Hampshire will New Jersey, that this amendment makes agree with me, I believe we can accept a distinct improvement to the bil. the amendment.
Senate Committee Report
Senate Report 1301, Page 17
THE NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER SERVICE The proposed section 404 of title 23, United States Code, would codify and amend the National Driver Register legislation. The National Driver Register Service is now maintained in the Department
of Commerce as a voluntary driver records exchange program participated in by all States, the District of Columbia, and four territories.
The service permits the States to report to the Secretary on drivers who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked because of a conviction involving a fatal accident or drunken driving, and to have access to such information centrally filed by all of the States.
This service permits the States to prevent drivers who have lost their licenses in one State from nullifying the effectiveness of a State's laws by securing a license in another State without revealing their driving records.
Since 1961, this State-Federal voluntary driver records exchange program has developed to the point where today, on the average, over 44,000 inquiries are sent to the Register by the States each day. The Register mails positive replies to these inquiries within 24 hours of receipt of the inquiries.
Over 19 million searches have been made of the Register's computer file since 1961. This has resulted in over 111,000 reports of potential problem drivers being sent back to the States.
While the Driver Register Service is now a valuable aid to the States in their efforts to supervise effectively the licensing of drivers, its effectiveness is limited since it covers only summary reports of license suspensions or revocations where there is drunken driving or fatal accident involvement.
The proposed legislation would remove this limitation on the effectiveness of the Driver Register Service by authorizing the filing of reports on license denials as well as withdrawals of licenses, for whatever cause, except for withdrawals of less than 6 months based on accumulation of minor violations.
Section 404 also would make it clear that Federal agencies can participate in the Driver Register Service as part of their employee driver safety programs.
The amendment of the existing Driver Register Service legislation as proposed in section 404 should double the productivity of the driver register program within a short period with negligible, if any, increased costs.
Executive Communications Contains nothing helpful.
As H.R. 13228 in the House and S. 3005 in the Senate:
TITLE III-HIGHWAY SAFETY 2 SEC. 301. Title 23, United States Code, is hereby 3 amended by adding at the end thereof a new chapter:
“CHAPTER 4HIGHWAY SAFETY “Sec. “401. Authority of the Secretary. “402. Highway safety programs. “403. Highway safety research and development. 6401. National driver register.
1 " 404. National Driver Register service 2 “(a) The Secretary shall establish and maintain a rég3 ister containing the name of each individual reported to him 4 by a State, or political subdivision thereof, as an individual 5 with respect to whom such State or political subdivision has 6 denied, terminated, or temporarily withdrawn (except a 7 withdrawal for less than six months based on habitual viola8 tion) an individual's license or privilege to operate a motor 9 vehicle. Such register shall also contain such other infor10 mation as the Secretary may deem appropriate to carry out 11 the purposes of this section. 12 “(b) The Secretary shall, at the request of any State, 13 or political subdivision thereof, or at the request of any Fed14 eral department or agency, furnish such information as may 15 be contained in the register established under subsection (a) 16 with respect to any individual applicant for a motor vehicle 17 operator's license or permit.