Kortz introduces bill to allow for civil penalty for driving without insurance

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Bill Kortz’s legislation would allow vehicle owners to pay a fine, verses facing license suspension, for driving without insurance, ensuring accidental lapses in insurance do not hinder a person’s ability to drive and earn a living.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said current law allows owners to pay a $500 civil penalty instead of facing a mandatory three-month vehicle registration suspension if the driver fails to maintain auto insurance. However, if the vehicle is operated without insurance, there isn’t a similar option.

“House Bill 2478 would fix this issue by allowing owners who are able to show proof they bought auto insurance to pay the fine instead of serving a license suspension,” Kortz said. “This change would be a huge help to commercial drivers who face this three-month license suspension, even if the lapse in insurance occurred in their own personal vehicle.”

Kortz added his bill would only allow owners to exercise this option once every five years.

More information on the measure 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.