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Incentives for accelerated payment of traffic fines extended



By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced has signed House Bill 2555 into law, which will extend for an additional 60 days the incentives for the accelerated payment of fines issued and thus registered to the license plates and driver’s licenses for violations, including interest, surcharges and penalties.


“After the earthquakes that occurred in the southern area and due to the pandemic, many people were not able to take advantage of the accelerated payment of fines that ended on June 19, 2020,” the governor said Tuesday in a written statement. “We are extending this period after work resumes in the offices of the Treasury Department and the Driver Services Centers of the Department of Transportation and Public Works for the benefit of all citizens.”


During the term for which the incentive for the accelerated payment of fines is extended, citizens who pay all of their fines or who avail themselves of a payment plan, may renew their driver’s license without being subject to the provisions of Article 3.14 of the Puerto Rico Vehicle and Traffic Law.


The new law, authored by Rep. José “Memo” González, is an amendment to Law 134-2019, which established an incentive program to promote the accelerated payment of fines issued to license plates and driver’s licenses.


More than 270,000 people have already benefited from the aforementioned program and around $14 million has been raised.

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