State of Indiana, United States of America
Following on my work permit writeup, I once again expose possible bugs in Indiana law.
I turned 23 on October 1, 2003. I do not plan to learn to drive a car any time within the next two years because I've read horror stories about $4,000 per year auto insurance on a $4,000 car for a young male driver. Still, I was reading the Indiana Driver's Manual (http://www.in.gov/bmv/driverlicense/manual/DMV.pdf) one night and discovered a couple, erm, inconsistencies.
A bootstrap problem of practice driving
The current Indiana driver license law has a bootstrap problem which is resolved only through a grandfather clause.
Indiana law: According to the Indiana Driver's Manual, an individual holding a learner permit may not practice driving unless there is a licensed driver in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. If the holder of the learner permit is not yet 18, this licensed driver must be the learner permit holder's parent or legal guardian. Therefore, it appears that if no licensed drivers are present in an area, then no person holding a learner permit may practice driving in that area.
Indiana law: According to the Indiana Driver's Manual, an individual may not become a licensed driver without passing a road skills test given either by the BMV or by a state-approved driver education course. I'm assuming that a person who has not practiced driving would fail a road skills test.
Indiana law: A person who fails a road skills test may not take another road skills test for fourteen days. Therefore, it would be impractical to use a road skills test as a way to practice driving in the absence of licensed drivers. Therefore, a hypothetical remote area in Indiana without existing licensed drivers cannot produce a new licensed driver. Therefore, licensed drivers exist today only because some people practiced driving before Indiana began to require driver licenses and were grandfathered into the system.
A second bootstrap problem of vehicle registration
The current Indiana driver license law has a second bootstrap problem which is also resolved only through a grandfather clause.
Indiana law: According to the Indiana Driver's Manual, an individual who has practiced driving may not become a licensed driver without passing a road skills test using a vehicle that has been registered. Therefore, an area in Indiana without existing registered vehicles cannot produce a new licensed driver.
Indiana law: A vehicle must be insured before it can be registered. Based on quotes I've seen at auto insurance companies' web sites, they seem to sell insurance only to already licensed drivers. Therefore, it takes a licensed driver to own the registered vehicle that produces another licensed driver. Apparently, auto insurance was not mandatory many years ago.
Getting to the BMV after moving
The current Indiana driver license law has what could be a problem for residents who have recently moved house within Indiana.
Indiana law: IC 9-24-13-4 requires a person whose address has changed to immediately file a change of address in person at a BMV or face suspension of license. But if a license is suspended for reasons of a recent change of address, how would a person who depends on an automobile transport himself to the BMV? Not all communities in Indiana have a usable city bus system or other public transportation.
Noddy couldn't work
Noddy, of Enid Blyton's 'Noddy' books and the 'Noddy in Toyland' TV series, is a little wooden boy who drives a taxicab. In appearance, he could almost be mistaken for some artists' renditions of Pinocchio. (Enid Blyton Ltd denies any resemblance.) If a portal appeared between Noddy's native Toyland and a fictional replica of the State of Indiana, even disregarding identification issues, Noddy would probably not be able to work in such an Indiana.
Indiana law: According to the Indiana Driver's Manual, only an individual holding a public passenger chauffeur (PPC) license may carry passengers for hire, and an individual employed by a taxicab company may not become a licensed PPC until age 18.
Indiana law: However, a person holding a foreign driver license and an international driving permit, but the Driver's Manual does not make clear whether or not an international PPC license holder can drive a taxi in Indiana.
In the TV series, Noddy looks and sounds much younger than Toyland's equivalent of an 18-year-old human male would. Specifically, his voice sounds like the voice of a boy who has not gone through puberty. Therefore, a fictional Indiana that obeyed the real Indiana's laws would not let Noddy drive a taxicab.
Not that this is a bad thing. That said, I'm boycotting Enid Blyton Ltd for an entirely different reason: the company's policy, stated in an unpublished e-mail message, is that unofficial fan sites infringe its copyrights.