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Rep. Wheatley bill would create driver's license amnesty program


 State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, has introduced legislation that would provide an amnesty program to give individuals who have lost their driver’s license because of the inability to pay fines, fees or penalties the opportunity to have their license reinstated upon payment of those delinquent fines, fees and penalties.

 Rep. Wheatley said according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, more than 1 million Pennsylvanians have a suspended driver’s license.

 “Many license suspensions are due to individuals’ inability to afford fines, fees and penalties associated with traffic tickets,” Mr. Wheatley said. “As a result of those suspensions, those individuals are also uninsured so if they get behind the wheel of a car, which is bound to happen, they are putting us all at risk financially.”

Rep. Wheatley said his bill, H.B. 2362, would get people back on the road and save significant money.

 The legislation is based on a California program that began in October 2015. Within the first 21 days of the program, Los Angeles alone received almost 40,000 applicants.

 “This program has worked in California to get drivers back on the road responsibly and it will do the same for Pennsylvania,” Mr. Wheatley said.


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