Sen. Caswell makes progress with Driver Responsibility Program 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

State Senator Bruce Caswell finally made progress this year in his continuing effort to repeal the Driver Responsibility Program.

The act was passed in 2003 in an effort to bring in funds to help balance the state budget. The hidden tax tacked on additional fees for violators of various driving laws.

Last week the Michigan Senate passed the final version of Senate Bill 166, legislation introduced by Sen. Caswell to repeal portions of the Driver Responsibility Program. Caswell’s bill eliminates all the $150 and $200 fees in the Driver Responsibility Program.  These fees include violations for driving without a valid license or proper endorsement, driving with an expired license, and driving without insurance or proof of insurance.

 “Since 2003, I have worked to eliminate the draconian Driver Responsibility program,” Caswell said. “Today, we have taken a giant first step to eliminate this terrible law. This program was created as an alleged ‘quick and easy’ fix to the state’s budget problems, but it failed to generate the money promised.”

 Senate Bill 166 now heads to the desk of Governor Rick Snyder for his approval.

 “I appreciate the help and support of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Governor in taking this first step to eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program and I look forward to working with them as I introduce further legislation on this issue in the near future,” Caswell said.  “While we have more work to do to eliminate the program completely in the future, Senate Bill 166 has moved us closer to that ultimate point.”

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