In the Driver Responsibility Program, Darby would reduce certain extra penalties.I'm unsure why the Dallas News says the surcharge would "end once a motorist showed he or she has coverage and a valid license." Looking at the text of the bill, it reduces surcharges if they get insurance or a license, but doesn't eliminate them. The legislation was announced at a press conference yesterday which can be viewed here.
Currently, a driver must pay steep fees — for three years — for not having auto insurance or driving without a valid driver’s license. Under his bill, they would be smaller fines, and they would end once a motorist showed he or she has coverage and valid license.
As I read it, HB 7 would reduce the surcharge amount for failure to maintain liability insurance and for driving with an invalid license from $250 per year to $125 per year if the driver obtains insurance or gets a license renewal within 60 days. The surcharge for driving without a driver's license (as opposed to with an invalid one) would decline to $50 per year if the driver acquires a DL within 60 days.
This falls short of abolition but it's better than a sharp stick in the eye. Thank you to Reps. Darby, Otto, Turner, et. al. for suggesting the idea.