Traffic Ticket Surcharges
Update on surcharges on traffic tickets from the 82nd Texas legislative session.
Despite the Senate Criminal Justice Committee's interim recommendation that the surcharge be abolished, the 9-figure fiscal hole that would create deterred legislators from acting on bipartisan proposals to do just that. Instead, your correspondent asked state Reps. Ryan Guillen and Armando Walle to amend a bill Guillen was carrying - which would have allowed full, 100% payment one-time of surcharges up front - to require implementation of the Incentive rules sometime during this biennium. (Literally the entire amendment was to delete a "may" in the old law and insert "shall." )
As a result of Walle's amendment to Guillen's bill, not only do people still get to pay early, as Guillen's original bill would have allowed, once the Incentive rules are passed, they'll get a 30-50% break if they pay in the first 30-90 days after the surcharge is assessed.
Here are the reductions under the TAC rules:
- 50% of all three years of surcharges assessed for each offense if payment is made within 30 days.
- 60% of all three years of surcharges assessed for each offense if payment is made within 60 days.
- 70% of all three years of surcharges assessed for each offense if payment is made within 90 days.