Noting the negative impact that debt and the inability to legally drive can have on a New Jerseyan's life, state Motor Vehicle Commission Administrator Raymond P. Martinez Thursday announced the creation of the MVC Surcharge Payment Incentive Program.
The program, which will begin Tuesday and last until July, is designed to help approximately 273,000 New Jerseyans who owe the state $657 million address their motor vehicle surcharge responsibilities.
Drivers with outstanding surcharges related to drunk driving (DUI) convictions are not eligible for the incentive program.
"Surcharge debt has become a vicious cycle for too many drivers," Martinez said. "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."