copyright the Chronicle September 21, 2016
by Brad Usatch
A bill signed into law this spring is giving certain drivers with license suspensions a chance to pay off their fines at a reduced rate and reinstate their driving privileges.
Administered by the Vermont Judicial Bureau and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the driver restoration program gives people with civil license suspensions resulting from unpaid fines or traffic tickets for which judgment was issued prior to July 1, 2012, the opportunity to clear their record for $30 per ticket. The three-month window to take advantage of the program opened on September 1 and runs through November 30. Applications are available at the Newport DMV office. Applications are also available online at www.vermontjudiciary.org, and completed applications can be e-mailed to [email protected]
The relief provided is only available for civil suspensions, meaning that people whose licenses have been suspended for driving under the influence or other criminal violations are not eligible. The law does, however, provide that even those suspensions not eligible for reduced fines can take advantage of a repayment schedule capped at $30 per ticket, per month, with an overall cap of $100 per month regardless of the number of violations.
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