FORGIVE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLE (RMV) DEBTS

By Bob Katzen

This bill relieves drivers of old, outstanding balances owed to the RMV. The forgiven debts would apply only to charges incurred before July 1, 2020. It would not relieve drivers or automobile owners of charges incurred after that date or diminish the obligations to maintain a valid license and to register and insure their vehicles.

“RMV charges are set at a high level to generate income for the state,” said sponsor Sen. Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont). “For many lower income people, they are insurmountably high. If they fall behind, they may lose their license or fail to register their vehicle. Then they get in trouble with the courts and build up further charges. We need to give people a clean slate so that they have a chance of complying with the law.”

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