Illinois legislators vote to end license suspensions due to outstanding fees


ILLINOIS (WCIA) – In Illinois, drivers who had their license suspended for reasons that didn’t involve driving may soon get them back.

A new proposal would allow people with suspended licenses because of outstanding fees to get them re-instated.

The bill removes language in the state’s vehicle code that allows a driver’s license to be suspended if the driver didn’t pay a fine for more than 10 non-moving violations.

Those with outstanding fees would still have to pay their fines.

“A driver’s license suspension should reflect a person’s driving behavior and their driving history and in this particular case, unpaid parking tickets do not reflect a person’s driving behavior or driving history.”

The bill has bipartisan support.

If the governor signs the bill, it will become law in July 2020.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)

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