Municipal Court Clerk Elie DeLeon said this week that the new law will hit those who go to the Bee County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office to renew their vehicle registrations.
Vehicle owners who owe unpaid fines will be told that they need to clear up those delinquent fines or they will be charged a $25 expense fee on top of the fine and the registration cost.
“We’re giving everyone a two-week amnesty period,” DeLeon said. If the fine is paid before Aug. 29, the expense fee will not be levied.
But all vehicle owners caught by the Scofflaw program after Aug. 29 will have to pay the fee and pay the fines before they will be allowed to reregister the vehicle.
The new Scofflaw program is being used by cities and counties across Texas to encourage lawbreakers to pay their fines in a more timely manner.