Bipartisan legislative package forgives all debt
State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian today voted to end driver responsibility fees by 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt.
The driver responsibility fees were implemented in 2003 as a way to balance the budget while deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Since then, thousands of Lenawee County residents have been burdened with the fees, which meant many have had to leave the workforce because of lack of transportation or were forced to drive illegally to support their families.
“The elimination of the driver’s responsibility fees is long overdue,” Kahle said. “Ending these fees will ease the financial burden on families throughout Lenawee County and give them the opportunity to get back their driver’s licenses and get back to work.”
The bipartisan package of eight bills ends driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018, and forgives all debt owed in relation to the fees. Between the passage of the bill and October 1, people owing fees will be able to participate in community service or workforce development programs to fulfill their obligations.
“So many of the people paying driver responsibility fees have been under financial stress and it is time to get rid of these fees,” Kahle said. “Let’s give them a fresh start, restore their driving privileges and they will have a chance to succeed.”
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080.