NEW PA LAW ELIMINATES LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR SOME OFFENSES

A law passed in October 2018, went into effect on April 22nd. It eliminates driver’s license suspensions for several non-driving related offenses. Prior to the passage of Act 95 a driver’s license could be suspended if a person was convicted of various offenses that weren’t related to driving.  Many of these suspensions affected people under the age of 21.  These included underage drinking, purchase of tobacco by a minor, and using or possessing a false ID.  Under prior law, suspensions were also imposed for drug-related offenses.   The new law eliminates these license suspension penalties.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf noted that the law seeks to eliminate a hardship that made it hard for many Pennsylvania residents to find and hold a job. Prior to the passage of Act 95 as many as 20,000 individuals faced license suspensions as a result of convictions for these offenses.

You can read Act 95 here.