Senate Amendment Reduces Owed Traffic Fines by 60%

SAN JUAN- The Senate has approved a measure to amend the traffic-fine process in Puerto Rico, allowing for a 60% discount when renewing driver’s licenses.

Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos

Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos

Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos’ initiative intends to help recover some of $700 million owed in fines and that a mechanism be established to prevent the accumulation of such debt.

It also expects to reduce the number of people who drive on the island’s roadways with expired licenses, pegged at 130,000 who haven’t paid their fines and therefore cannot renew the permit.

A legislative proposal provides for a 90-day amnesty and would establish a term of 15 to 30 days for the payment of fines issued under the law and paid within that term, for a discount of 30% and 20%, respectively.

The measure also provides for the creation of a notification system for one’s incurred traffic-fine balance along with a suggested deferred-payment plan, as well as detailing the terms and conditions.

“With the approval of this bill, we are trying to change the rules because the current ones have resulted in thousands of Puerto Ricans accumulating $700 million in traffic fines. The government needs to be proactive in this situation, as the last two amnesties recovered only $48 million,” Cruz Burgos said in a statement Tuesday.