House OKs bills to end senseless driver responsibility fees

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Legislator sponsored bill that repeals law Oct. 1


State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt.

Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the bill to end fees, which are assessed in addition to fines and court costs.

“These fees did nothing but put families deeper in debt and prevent people from obtaining a driver’s license, which often meant they had to drive illegally to provide for their families,” Bellino said. “Ending these onerous fees and giving people a fresh start will help improve the quality of life for families everywhere.”

Bellino said driver responsibility fees were enacted by the Granholm administration desperate for money because of irresponsible budgeting. He said the fees do nothing to improve driving skills and are not a deterrent to people who are determined to drive a car regardless of their condition.

Bellino said the legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.

The bills now go to the governor for consideration.