Debt-related driving bans create instability – Fed research

Punishments disproportionately affect low-income and minority communities

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Debt-related suspensions of driving licences in Ohio are having a destabilising effect on the broader economy, argue researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. 

“More than 60% of Ohio’s driver’s licence suspensions do not stem from bad driving,” write Kyle Fee and Brian Mikelbank in their report. “Instead, they arise because the driver owes an unpaid debt.”  

The debts in question are monies owed to courts, to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or to private third parties.

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