Proposed Assembly Bill No. A2422 would allow a person whose license has been suspended for certain motor vehicle violations to apply for a restricted use license. The license would be used exclusively for traveling to and from the licensee’s place of employment or education, when other transportation is not available, and for driving on the job where that is a condition of employment.
I support this bill since the proposed law is intended to mitigate the adverse effects of a suspension of driving privileges on certain persons who must drive motor vehicles to maintain their employment or continue their education. Persons who can maintain employment pay taxes and child support. Unemployed persons often become a drain on society. 48 other states permit a restricted license. A car and license is essential for most taxpayers to get to work.
An applicant for a restricted use license would be required to certify to the court that no other reasonable means of traveling to and from his job or schooling exists and that he will suffer substantial financial hardship if the license is not granted. The court would make a recommendation to the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission as to whether the license should be granted. A restricted use license would be granted only if all fines are paid and sentences completed in connection with the license suspension and proof of fully paid liability insurance is provided.
I urge voters to contact their legislators to support Assembly Bill No. A2422 currently sponsored by Assemblyman Pat Diegnan.
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