Georgia is definitely in the race to try any and everything during the pandemic, aren’t they?!
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp revealed a new executive order on Thursday that gives teenagers a pass on needing a formal driving test in order to receive their driver’s license. Yep, they won’t even have to take a road test. How will they get the approval for a license?
Their parents have to sign off on it.
Now why is this a new executive order? We’re pretty sure it’s COVID-19 related.
All other driving requirements will still have to be met by potential drivers in Georgia but the road test, which would usually be conducted by an instructor will be dropped. Yes, it sounds as nuts as you think it does.
The “easier” process will be in place as areas such as the Department of Driver Services carry out social distancing policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those policies make the road tests that require a shared vehicle virtually impossible so state officials have dropped the road test altogether.
“During these unprecedented times, the Department of Driver Services is trying to make it as easy as a process for people to get their license and to lessen the burden on people right now,” Stormi Kenny, a driving school owner within Georgia told Atlanta’s Fox 5.
She clarified that although road tests have been removed from the requirement list for the time being, drivers are still asked to complete all other requirements such as completing 40 hours of supervised time behind the wheel. Parents are officially on the hook and on the honor system to make the official decision about whether or not their child should get a license.
“I think it would be beneficial to have an unbiased set of eyes on my driver I think I might be quick to let her get her license not knowing if she knows all the laws,” one parent told Fox 5. Another parent said, “I’m good with them dropping the road test piece so she can get out there and drive.”
The executive order is expected to expire in mid-May. The state was among the first to re-open last week as restaurants, barbershops, hair salons and more were given the okay from Gov. Kemp.