CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Senate Transportation Committee advanced a bill that would give amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked because of unpaid tickets that are more than 10 years old.
The bill advanced Friday would let those drivers get their licenses back without paying the fines, although the fines would still remain on the books.
Commercial drivers' licenses or any citation having to do with a commercial vehicle are excluded from amnesty.
The amnesty period would last for one year.
The bill's lead sponsor Sen. William Laird said that West Virginia suspends or revokes 90,000 licenses per year, and 54,000 of those are for nonpayment of fines.
Laird said that in rural counties with little public transportation, revoking a license is akin to sentencing someone to unemployment.