driver responsibility fees

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee, but they’ve hit a road block.

They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.

The fees are paid by people convicted of traffic offenses on top of their fines. They were adopted by the Legislature in 2003 to help keep the budget balanced during the recession. Most of the fees will never be collected, but they still generate $80 million a year for the state.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation to nix Driver Responsibility Fees is moving through the state Legislature.

The fees require drivers to pay to get their driver’s license back after getting too many points on their license or committing certain driving offenses.

There’s already a law to phase out the fees completely in 2019. But lawmakers say that’s not soon enough. They want the fee to be gone by October of next year. And they want people that haven’t paid their fees to be forgiven.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A plan to forgive hundreds of millions in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works in Lansing. A bipartisan group of lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday.

State House Speaker Tom Leonard says there are hundreds of thousands people in Michigan whose licenses have been suspended because they owe big surcharges tacked onto traffic fines.

The fees were adopted by the Legislature during the recessions of the 1990s to help balance the budget.

Leonard says that’s not fair, and it hits low-income people the hardest.

Community service now an option for drivers who owe fees

Sep 24, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law allowing drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses to do 10 hours of community service instead. 

The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines over two years for not having mandatory auto insurance. Drivers fined $300 over two years for operating without a valid license also could do community service.

Extra fines for the offenses went away in 2012, but some motorists still owe them for old offenses.

Drivers' fees could be exchanged for community service

Sep 11, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill to let drivers who owe extra "responsibility" fees for certain offenses do 10 hours of community service instead. 

The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines for not having mandatory auto insurance. Drivers fined $300 for operating without a valid license also could do community service.

Extra fines for the offenses went away in 2012, but some motorists still owe them for old offenses.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to send the bill to Governor Rick Snyder.

House votes to delete driver responsibility fees

May 22, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has unanimously passed legislation to phase out unpopular driver responsibility fees by 2017. 

The fees were meant to discourage driving violations and range from $100 to $2,000 for offenses like driving drunk or with a suspended license.

Lawmakers say the fees are double jeopardy punishments because they're collected in addition to regular penalties for a driving violation. They say drivers with suspended licenses will keep driving to work to pay off their fee, which can make Michigan roads more dangerous.