Buried under unpaid traffic fines? California launches amnesty program

An amnesty program for Californians saddled with unpaid traffic tickets takes effect Thursday, paving the way for low-income drivers to win back their licenses.

News Story (California)

Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 30, 2015

Tags: Court Debt, Driver's license suspension


Under a bill passed by the Legislature, drivers will receive discounts of 50% to 80% on tickets that should have been paid before Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Judicial Council, the policy making body for California courts.

Installment payment plans also will be offered. Californians who lost their driver’s licenses because they could not afford to pay the fines will be eligible to have them reinstated, the Judicial Council said.

Those with parking tickets or convictions for reckless driving or driving under the influence and drivers ticketed in more recent years will not be eligible for the assistance.