Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bill to Allow Limited Driving Privileges


SB97 would authorize the Department of Public Safety to issue a provisional driver license to any person whose license has been suspended or revoked that would allow the person to drive between their place of residence and their place of employment, between their place of residence and a college, university or technology center, or between their place of residence and any court-ordered treatment program. Any person issued a provisional license would be required to pay $25 per month toward the satisfaction of all outstanding driver license reinstatement fees.

According to DPS, there were 87,393 driver license revocations, suspensions, and cancellations in 2012. Approximately 4,000-5,000 driver licenses are reinstated each month, generating between $700,000 and $900,000 in monthly revenues. It is unknown how many persons with revoked driver licenses would qualify to participate in the payment program. If an additional 10,000 persons each year paid a minimum of $25 per month it would generate $3 million in new revenue and cover the annual costs of the program.

The bill passed the senate with a 41 to 0 vote and is currently in the Appropriations and Budget committee.

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