Action Alert: Ask Your Legislator to Support Bill Repealing Driver Responsibility Program; Bill Set on House Calendar on April 29

April 26, 2019

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House Bill 2048 by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), a bill that would repeal the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) and eliminate program surcharges assessed on drivers convicted of certain offenses, is scheduled for consideration on the House Floor on Monday, April 29.

Please reach out to your legislator and ask them to support HB 2048.

Any losses in revenue related to repealing the DRP would be offset by three revenue sources: an increase in the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) assessment on motor vehicle insurance companies from $2 to $4 per motor vehicle per year; an increase in the state traffic fine from $30 to $50; and additional fines for convictions of DWI.

Surcharges assessed on or before the effective date of the bill would be forgiven and driver’s licenses suspended due to failure to pay would be reinstated.

The bill would establish an additional fine of $3,000 for the first conviction of certain intoxicated driver offenses within a 36-month period; $4,500 for a second conviction in a 36-month period; and $6,000 if the person's blood, breath or urine showed an alcohol concentration over a certain amount. The new fines would be assessed once, rather than each year for a three-year period under the DRP.

One of the most important aspects of the bill is that it eliminates the driving while license suspended and driving without insurance $250 surcharges.