Legislation also forgives outstanding debt
State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted to end punitive driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees.
Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the fees were enacted in 2003 to fill a hole in the budget, and have posed a financial hardship for families ever since. Today’s legislation allows 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.
“People who signed up for payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may choose to participate in workforce training programs in lieu of making monetary installments, which will help prepare them when they return to the job market,” Whiteford said. “Many people who were forced to pay the fees lost their jobs because they had no reliable transportation. We want to get them back to work.”
The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the law through the end of the year that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee.
The bills now go to the governor for consideration.