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The New York Times
March 3, 1900

Assemblyman Apgar Introduces a Bill for the Licensing of Drivers.

ALBANY, March 2.—Assemblyman Apgar to-day introduced a bill to regulate the operation of automobiles.  It provides that no person shall operate a motor without a license granted by a local examining board of persons charged with the inspection of boilers or the passing upon the qualifications of engineers, a fee of $1 being charged for the examination.

This examining board is to examine the persons applying for the license, inspect, examine, and test the motor, and, if the person is found competent to operate the motor without injury to the public and if the automobile be found in a safe condition, they shall issue a license, upon the payment of $2 for each vehicle.  This license shall fully authorize the holder to run and operate the motor carriage through, across, and upon all public highways, streets, and parks of the State for a period of one year.

The examining board may, upon five days' notice of its intention, revoke or suspend for a period of six months any license issued by it, upon satisfactory proof of drunkenness, incompetency, or reckless driving.  Another license may not be issued to a person whose license has been revoked within three months of the revocation.

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