Texas issued 1.5 million license suspensions - after low-income motorists unable to pay the stiff new fines.

The primary result of the Texas Driver Responsibility Tax has been the suspension of 1.5 million driver's licenses belonging to low-income motorists unable to pay the stiff new fines. According to data obtained by the El Paso Times newspaper, the state Department of Motor Vehicles suspended 1,342,449 licenses since 2004 because motorists could not pay the extra $750 fee imposed on paperwork-related violations including driving with an expired license or without proof of insurance -- in Texas the punishment for driving with a suspended license is another license suspension. Another 183,239 motorists were unable to come up with the extra $3000 to $7500 in DUI fees. Another 16,187 were unable to pay the point tax which can run between $300 and $1200.

"Today, everyone in Austin knows that the real story behind these high fines and surcharges is not traffic safety, but money," said state Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso). "In other words, it's a tax."

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Anonymous said...

I can't believe that there are not any comments on this!

.... tax to have a drivers license, tax on fuel to pay for public roads a tax to drive on those roads( oh sorry i meant "toll" ) vehicle registration fees and inspection fees and on and on and on...

I am so glad that our elected officials are doing their job so well taking our money on as many things and as often as possible!

Anonymous said...

fight the driver responsibility tax here