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What are the penalties for having too many people in a car, while driving with a NJ provisional license?


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According to the New Jersey Driver's Manual, holders of GDL Permits or Provisional licenses may receive a $100 fine for violating any GDL conditions. This type of offense affects car insurance rates, which are already high for young drivers.

There could possibly be other penalties but you will need to contact the court listed on your citation or the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to find out the exact penalties for driving with more than one passenger that is not from your residence and thus too many people under the conditions of your provisional license.

New Jersey requires that you must observe the following requirements and restrictions while driving with only a provisional license:

  • No driving between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Passengers must be from your household. Only one additional person from outside your household is allowed in the vehicle
  • You can't use cell phones, hand held video games or any other hand held electronic device
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times
  • There are GDL hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons

A group called the Governor's Teenage Driver Safety Study Commission analyzes driver education, passenger restrictions for young drivers and penalties for newer drivers who violate traffic laws. The group has recommended that an identifier, perhaps a sticker, be required on a vehicle so that police officers will know if a driver is breaking the curfew or transporting too many passengers.


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