New law marks first legislative accomplishment of first-term lawmaker
HARRISBURG –The governor signed legislation, authored by Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), to improve public safety by strengthening penalties for operating a motorcycle without the proper endorsement or license.
“This is a growing issue we are seeing across Pennsylvania, and this act is about ensuring safety for everyone on our roads,” Kail said. “Now that we have a stronger deterrent in place, I hope to see those numbers trending down.”
According to data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, there were 1,002 convictions for violations relating to classes of licenses in 2017.
Act 22 of 2019 increases the fine for driving a vehicle without the proper endorsement for that type of vehicle to $200 plus fees and surcharges, making it equal to driving without an operator’s license.
Previously, the fine for driving without a license was $200 plus fees and surcharges. Meanwhile, the standard fine for operation of a vehicle without the proper endorsement was only $25 plus fees and surcharges.
Act 22 is Kail’s first piece of legislation to be signed into law.
“My name was on the top of the bill; however, it took cooperation among various groups to get this bill passed and signed into law,” Kail said. “The bill received unanimous support in both the House and I am thrilled we were able to get this important public safety law on the books.”
Representative Joshua Kail
15th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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