Pennsylvania residents want to work, and getting caught up in the mess of administrative license suspensions hinders their ability to keep working.
License suspension for failing to submit paperwork or paying a fee should never cause you to lose your job or not make it to work. This only causes more problems and more missed fees that results in more license suspension. In Pennsylvania we have a great system to keep PA working…the Pennsylvania Work Limited License. This limited license lets drivers continue to drive with a heavily restricted and monitored type of license so they can continue to work and continue to be productive. This restricted license sets the hours you can drive so that only for work, school, or medical purposes are allowed. If you job requires transportation to and from, or if you work a swing shift travelling between multiple locations, the PA work license can be tailored to fit your schedule. You will only be permitted to drive during the hours requested, and for the purposes outlined in your PA work license affidavit.
The biggest problem is that a number of violations disqualify you from being able to continue working with the limited work license. If you are convicted of driving with no automobile insurance (1786) you are automatically disqualified from getting a work license. If you failed to keep current on your child support, you can’t get a work license. If you owe money to a court and did not pay (or stopped paying) and your driver’s license get’s suspended indefinitely, you can’t get a work license.
So at the time when getting to work to clear these problems is most important, the one recourse you may have available is not offered to you. Why not?
It would be easy for the state to justify granting work license applications for the above reasons. It allows the state to monitor a driver closely by keeping limited hours, and double checking for valid auto insurance. This would be a wakeup call to a driver and would help prevent them from falling into the license suspension death spiral by keeping them at work and able to repay their debts. Employers in Pennsylvania would be grateful because they have a more responsible work force who have better transportation options and would generally be more cautious because they can have their limited work license revoked at any time.
Just remember that Pennsylvania wants to work! We need to help facilitate our residents desire to work by trying to keep their job and take care of their family.