State Rep. Aaron Miller voted for legislation that will eliminate driver responsibility fees, forgive outstanding debt and give people a break when they seek to have driving privileges reinstated.
Miller said the fees were initiated nearly 15 years ago by a previous administration that needed an influx of funding to fill a hole in the budget. Since 2003, hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents have been forced to pay a fee that did nothing to improve their driving skills, he said.
Miller said the legislation will eliminate the fees as of Oct 1, and will forgive any unpaid debt caused by driver responsibility fees.
The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness.
The bills now go to the governor for consideration.