Kortz: Legislation to allow for civil penalty for driving without insurance passes House

HARRISBURG, Oct. 20 – A measure that would allow vehicle owners to pay a fine, instead of facing a suspension of their license, for driving without insurance, passed in a nearly unanimous vote in the House and now moves on to consideration in the state Senate.

State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said current law provides owners with the option to pay a $500 civil penalty instead of facing a mandatory three-month registration suspension if the driver fails to maintain auto insurance. However, if the vehicle is operated without insurance, there isn’t a similar option to pay a civil penalty instead of facing a license suspension. House Bill 2478 would address that issue, he added.

“This bill would allow them to pay the fine instead of serving a license suspension, provided they are able to show proof they bought insurance,” said Kortz. “It would be especially helpful to commercial drivers in instances where they may face a suspension, even if the lapse in insurance is with their personal vehicle, not with a vehicle they operate as part of their employment.”

The measure would only allow owners to exercise this option once every five years, Kortz added.

More information can be found at the following link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2019&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2478.