STATE TO ALLOW DRIVERS TO PAY OFF MVC SURCHARGES

Noting the negative impact that debt and the inability to legally drive can have on a person’s life, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Acting Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez today announced the creation of the MVC Surcharge Payment Incentive Program. The program, which will run June 15 through July 30 2010, is designed to help those MVC customers in judgment address their motor vehicle surcharge responsibilities.

“Surcharge debt has become a vicious cycle for too many drivers,” said Martinez. “If you don’t pay off your debt, you can’t get your license back. Without the license, you can’t legally drive to work to make the money necessary to pay off the debt. Our goal is to give these particular customers a chance to either wipe the slate clean or arrange more affordable payments that will allow the restoration of their driving privileges.”

The seven-week incentive program, authorized by legislation enacted earlier this year, will offer many MVC customers, who have outstanding surcharge balances, an opportunity to clear all their debt or make payment arrangements that will help get them back behind the wheel. Eligible drivers include those who have been placed in judgment for failing to make surcharge payments or those in judgment who arranged a payment plan but are finding it difficult to make payments.

Approximately 273,000 drivers, who owe a combined $657 million, are eligible for the incentive program.

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