In 2004, New York State’s DMV started imposing a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee upon motorists who accumulate 6 or more points within 18 months. The fee is $300 for 6 points and $75 for each point above 6.
This year the Nassau County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency, located at 16 Cooper Street in Hempstead, decided to follow suit and impose its own Driver Responsibility Fee. This fee, however, is imposed on every traffic ticket resolved in this court. Whether it is guilty after trial, a plea bargained reduction, or even a dismissal for a repair or producing proof, the Nassau County traffic court imposes this fee. The only way to avoid this fee is if you take your case to trial and are successful.
Fortunately, the fee is only $15 per ticket. Nevertheless, the legality of charging such a fee is questionable. The court is already collecting a fine and surcharge so what is the basis for it to impose an additional fee? Hopefully, someone will challenge it soon.
The Nassau County Traffic Court is very creative when it comes to creating fees. It has another unique fee. Specifically, it charges motorists $15 per ticket if they ask for time to pay. Again, the fee is so small that no one has yet challenged it.
Bottom line: If you have a ticket in this Nassau County Traffic Court, don’t expect to get off cheap.