There are many different offenses that can lead to a loss of your driving privileges in New Jersey. The Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) can suspend your driver’s license for the following reasons and more:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
- Refusing a breathalyzer test
- Multiple points violations on your driving record
- Failing to pay child support
- Reckless driving that led to a crash
- Excessive speeding that led to a crash
In addition to suspending your license, the MVC can also prevent you from driving your car by suspending your vehicle registration. A suspended registration can result from offenses such as driving without insurance.
Soon, the MVC may start suspending vehicle registrations if you fail to pay tolls. Yes, you read that right – unpaid tolls may cause you to lose your ability to drive your car.
As the Port Authority starts the process of potentially changing over to a cashless toll system, it is looking for ways to enforce toll payments. With a cashless system, any vehicle without an E-Z Pass will have its license plate photographed and the owner will receive a bill. If a certain vehicle owner does not pay repeated tolls, the Port Authority wants it to result in a suspended registration.
This system is already in place in New York and reports indicate that the Port Authority sought to suspend the registrations of nearly 300 drivers who had racked up five unpaid tolls each over 18 months. By doing so, they collected approximately $112,000 of unpaid tolls and late fees. While suspended registrations may help the Port Authority collect money, it can certainly cause a significant inconvenience for affected drivers who are unaware of the penalties.
Losing your driving privileges due to either a suspended license or suspended registration can significantly affect your work, school, and other aspects of your life. If the MVC starts enforcing penalties for toll violators and you receive a violation, you want to discuss your options with an experienced New Jersey defense attorney.
Call 973-686-9787 today for more information.
At the Law Office of David W. Polsky, our New Jersey traffic and criminal defense attorney can help with a wide array of offenses, including suspended licenses, suspended registrations, traffic violations, DUI, and drug offenses, among many others. Even a seemingly minor violation can result in serious consequences such as the loss of your driving privileges if it is not handled correctly. Please call our New Jersey office for help today.