Driving licenses taken away from 47 people not paying child support

A total 47 people who don't pay child support have had their driving licenses taken away, said Edgars Līcītis, the head of the Subsistence Guarantee Fund in an interview with Latvian Radio.

For more than a year now, the state has the right to take away people's driving licenses should they not pay child support.

They can regain their licenses if they resume paying child support or strike an agreement with the Subsistence Guarantee Fund over a payment plan. 

Līcītis also said that this year, from January to August, a total €32 million have been paid to 38 thousand children from the state fund. 

Meanwhile €4.7 million have been recovered from debtors - that is 34% more on year; and about a 1,000 debt recovery letters have been sent abroad. 

The law does not apply to disabled people and some people who have been out of work due to disability.

People who require the driving license to work and have no alternatives, or who need the license to care about their children, are also exempt.

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