Currently, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) can ask ICBC to refuse to issue or renew a driver’s licence of someone with substantial arrears.
The FMEP will only cancel licences if someone is ignoring requests to pay support payments or set up a payment plan.
If the new legislation passes, a parent will get 30 days to set up a payment plan or pay off due support payments before licence is cancelled.
Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee says the legislation unfairly punishes people who need their car to get to work. Lee says for those who do not have access to public transit, losing a licence could cause financial harm that would make paying pay child support even more difficult.
“All of these people are going to be significantly disadvantaged in the ability to correct the arrears by this legislation. It is also going to harm them by putting them in further dire financial straits,” said Lee.
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