Continuing from yesterday’s post on double fines, today I’ll write a little about surcharges. Surcharges are annual fines assessed by Motor Vehicle Commission for drivers who have earned excessive points or committed certain type of violation.
A person’s driving record is typically reviewed every time points are added to it. As such, once a driver accumulates six or more points within three years from the last posted violation, that person will receive a $150.00 surcharge plus $25.00 for each additional point. It should be noted that surcharges are additional fines that will be due in addition to and not instead of any court fines and/or penalties. Also, these fines are not to be confused with the possible insurance increases (viewed by many as penalties) as assessed by the driver’s insurance company.
In addition to accumulating excessive number of points, surcharges also apply to these types of violations:
- $100.00 for driving without a license
- $250.00 for driving with a suspended license
- $100.00 for failure to insure a moped
- $250.00 for DUI, 3 years
- $1,000.00 for Refusal to take breathalyzer test, 3 years
Notice of surcharges being assessed against a driver should never be ignored. Refusal or lack of payment may result in indefinite suspension of driving privileges, a court action in the State Superior Court, and/or a lien against driver’s property, wage garnishment, or other similar action.
Back in January, the New Jersey Legislature introduced and passed a law (N.J.S.A. 39:2A-42) to help drivers pay off surcharge debt and get back on the road. MVC implemented a payment incentive program to support the law. The program, unfortunately, already ended (July 30, 2010).