The New York State Senate joined Assembly in passing a piece of legislation that would reform when driver’s licenses can be suspended.
The Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act was passed by the Senate on Wednesday.
The state says that a majority of license suspensions are for traffic tickets that residents cannot afford to pay. The law would end license suspensions due to traffic debt, while also making affordable payment plans available.
That plan consists of 2% of a person’s monthly income, or $10 per month, whichever is greater.
The reform would also reinstate the licenses of people who currently have a suspended license due to traffic debt.
Between January 2016 and April 2018, New York issued nearly 1.7 million driver’s license suspensions for traffic debt, according to the data.
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