According to wkbw.com’s Anthony Reyes, The New York State Senate and Assembly have passed a bill to end the suspension of driver’s licenses based on the failure to pay traffic ticket fines or fees. The legislation also creates a payment plan system for drivers.
The bill must be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to become a law. The bill is part of a national push to address policies that unfairly impact low-income and minority communities.
Citing data from the Driven by Justice Coalition, officials say during a recent 28-month period New York issued over 1.6 million driver’s license suspensions related to traffic debt and license suspension rates in New York are nearly nine times higher in the ten poorest communities compared to the ten wealthiest.