The state Legislature on Wednesday put the finishing touches on a bill that would allow drivers to pay traffic fines and fees on installment in order to prevent them from losing their driver's licenses.
The measure, approved in the Assembly on Wednesday and previously backed by the state Senate, now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration.
“For many New Yorkers, especially those in rural areas with limited public transportation options, the ability to get to and from work is dependent on the ability to drive,” said Speaker Carl Heastie. “When an individual is unable to get to work, it is more than an inconvenience to the driver – it hurts families, communities and employers.”
The bill would block courts form suspending driver's licenses if a motorist fails to pay a penalty for traffic violations or if they fail to appear for the matter.
The court would also be required to offer an installment plan for paying the fine.
Over a two year period, the state issued 1.6 million driver's licenses related to traffic debt.