Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 375-5-2-.18 - Driver Training and Limited Driver Training School Insurance and Safety Requirements

(1) Every vehicle used by a driver training school for the purpose of driver training must be registered with the Department. A Department-issued Vehicle Registration Card (VRC) must be inside the vehicle at all times.
(a) Vehicles used for actual behind-the-wheel instruction on public roadways or highways shall be less than twelve (12) years old and have less than 300,001 miles, whichever comes first.
(i) A vehicle whose years of service and/or mileage exceed(s) the standards set forth in (a) of paragraph (1) of this Chapter may continue to be used for the purpose of driver training provided the following criteria are met:
1) Said vehicle was previously certified by the Department and has remained continuously certified thereafter; and
2) Said vehicle is inspected annually by a mechanic certified by Automotive Service Excellence and meets the safety criteria established by the Department. The inspection shall be documented on a form provided by the Department.
(b) Vehicles used for driving range only instruction or for other purposes shall be less than thirteen (13) years old and have less than 325,001 miles, whichever comes first.
(i) The VRC issued for such vehicles shall be marked clearly with the statement "Driving Range Use Only."
(ii) Such vehicles shall not be used for behind-the-wheel instruction on public roadways or highways.
(iii) A vehicle whose years of service and/or mileage exceed(s) the standards set forth in (b) of paragraph (1) of this Chapter may continue to be used for the purpose of driver training provided the following criteria are met:
1) Said vehicle was previously certified by the Department and has remained continuously certified thereafter; and
2) Said vehicle is inspected annually by a mechanic certified by Automotive Service Excellence and meets the safety criteria established by the Department. The inspection shall be documented on a form provided by the Department.
(c) Any vehicle used for driver training in any manner shall be equipped with operational safety belts.
(d) No vehicle shall be initially certified by the Department whose years of service and/or mileage limit exceed(s) the standards set forth in (a) and/or (b) of paragraph (1) of this Chapter.
(2)
(a) Any vehicle purchased for the purpose of driver training shall be inspected by the Department prior to use. The Department may accept written verification from the driver training school that the vehicle has less than 10,000 miles and satisfies inspection standards, in lieu of the Department's inspection.
(b) Following the initial inspection, the Department shall inspect each vehicle used for driver training on an annual basis.
(c) No VRC shall be issued for any vehicle that does not successfully pass said inspection.
(3) No driver training school will be issued a VRC unless the school has provided to the Department a Certificate of Liability Insurance from a company authorized to do business in Georgia.
(a) Insurance limits contained in the Certificate of Liability Insurance must meet the following:
(i) At least $100,000.00 to cover bodily injury to, or death of, any one person in any one accident and subject to said limit for one person; and
(ii) At least $300,000.00 to cover bodily injury to, or death of any two or more persons in any one accident; and
(iii) At least $50,000.00 to cover destruction of property of others in any one accident.
(b) Limited driver training schools offering classroom, virtual, or simulator training only will not be required to obtain liability insurance as defined in O.C.G.A. § 43-13-4.
(c) The Certificate of Liability Insurance shall stipulate that the Department shall be notified when the policy expires or is canceled. The Certificate of Liability Insurance shall include the make, model, and vehicle identification number.
(d) Written notification must be provided to the Department when a vehicle is added to a fleet policy. The written notification must include the vehicle make, model, and vehicle identification number.
(4) Every passenger vehicle used by a school for practical driving instruction shall be equipped with the following special equipment to allow the driver training instructor to take control of the vehicle, if necessary:
(a) Extra foot brake pedal operable from the instructor's position on the passenger side of the car.
(b) Extra foot clutch pedal, if the vehicle has a manual transmission, operable from the instructor's position on the passenger side of the car.
(c) Two sideview mirrors, one on either side of the vehicle.
(d) Two rearview mirrors, one for the student driver and one for the driving instructor.
(e) Vehicles used for driving range only instruction need not be equipped with the extra pedals or mirrors required in this subsection.

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Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 375-5-2-.18
O.C.G.A. § 43-13-8.
Original Rule entitled "Insurance and Safety Requirements" adopted. F. Oct. 25, 2004; eff. Nov. 14, 2004. Amended: F. Sept. 11, 2006; eff. Oct. 1, 2006. Amended: F. Oct. 10, 2007; eff. Oct. 30, 2007. Amended: F. Aug. 24, 2010; eff. Sept. 13, 2010. Amended: F. Jan. 19, 2016; eff. Feb. 8, 2016. Amended: F. Mar. 17, 2020; eff. Apr. 6, 2020. Amended: New title, "Driver Training and Limited Driver Training School Insurance and Safety Requirements." F. May 18, 2022; eff. June 7, 2022.

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