Press Release

Hertzberg Comments on DMV Announcement to Lift Failure to Pay Driver’s License Suspensions

Announcement comes after Sen. Hertzberg’s September letter to the Governor urging him to lift the suspension of driver’s licenses for 200,000 Californians

March 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced that they had lifted all drivers’ license suspensions that were based solely on Failure to Pay (FTP) violations.

In June of last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a policy inspired by Hertzberg’s SB 185, which ended the practice of suspending licenses simply because an individual is unable to pay the fees related to minor, non-safety related moving violations. Despite this development, some 200,000 Californians were estimated to still have suspended licenses because of FTP violations that occurred before the new law took effect.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, a strong legislative warrior in the battle against unfair traffic fees and fines that plague low-income Californians, released the following statement today in response to the DMV’s announcement:

“No one should lose their license simply because they are poor. I am overjoyed at the news that the 200,000 people whose worlds have been turned upside down because of unfair license suspensions can now receive the same relief that we provided others last year. This is a huge win for everyday Californians, and for the advocates that worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

In addition to sending a letter to the Governor in September, Senator Hertzberg also took to the Senate Floor in the final days of the 2017 legislative session to urge that this issue be taken up on two separate occasions, which you can see here and here.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038
(916) 651-4018

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