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(Feb 02, 2008) The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is currently examining a proposed law authorizing 16-year olds to drive motor vehicles. According to the author of the law, Deputy Sérgio Barradas, young people have been undertaking responsibility at a very early age, forcing them to mature very quickly. As examples of the societal recognition of this maturity, Barradas cited the Brazilian Constitution, which grants 16-year olds the right to vote, and the fact that between the years 1972 and 2005, 77 proposals authorizing young persons to drive had been presented to either the Chamber of Deputies or the Federal Senate, making it a longstanding demand of the society.

To obtain a driver's permit under the provisions of the proposed legislation, the applicant's parent or guardian would have to authorize it. The permit would only allow minors to drive motorcycles, three-wheeled vehicles, and cars with a maximum capacity of eight passengers. (Projeto Autoriza Maiores de 16 Anos a Dirigir, JURID, Jan. 7, 2008.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Transportation and public works More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 02/02/2008