April 12, 2019
For 10 years, Drive-To-Work has advocated for “de-coupling” suspensions of driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines, which has nothing to do with highway safety and only deprives individuals of work and earning opportunities. This never made sense to me.
So, we were delighted that on April 3, the Virginia General Assembly changed the law. This is major! Over 600,000 drivers who are currently suspended only for fines will have their licenses restored on July 1.
Here is a quick summary of the new law:
But the reality is, you still owe those fines and costs. The new law does not forgive them. There are consequences to you if you do not pay, such as:
To prevent this, consider a court-approved payment agreement. It’s like buying a car on time. You make a down payment and drive away in the car immediately. Same with a court payment agreement: your license is restored when you start the payments. Since 2017, getting on a payment agreement is simple and the down payment requirement is low, thanks to Drive-To-Work’s support for more accessible payment plans.
After the new law starts July 1, many drivers may need help even more—to remove other, more challenging reasons for license suspension, and to do it as quickly as possible. Drive-To-Work stands ready to assist.
O. Randolph Rollins