Drivers who owe New Jersey millions in surcharges may soon get a break. Legislation signed into law Saturday by acting Gov. Stephen Sweeney allows the creation of an amnesty program in which most people with outstanding surcharges could pay them without interest or collection fees, provided the surcharges are paid in full. Officials estimate an amnesty program would collect about $17 million, but it’s not clear when one would be implemented. And those convicted of drunken driving or refusing to take a Breathalyzer test could not take part in the program.
Sweeney was among the bill’s primary sponsors in the Senate, along with fellow Democrats Shirley Turner of Lawrence and Teresa Ruiz of Newark. Assembly sponsors were Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora, both D-Trenton, and John Wisniewski, D-Sayreville. AP