State to strip some child support debtors of driving licenses

The state will be able to take away driving licenses from parents who owe child support, according to amendments of the Subsistence Guarantee Fund law adopted by the Saeima on December 1.

If a debtor hasn't concluded an agreement over paying child support and if it's paid for by the state, the state could strip debtors of driving licenses - including motor boat licenses.

Debtors will also be liable to have their license taken away should they miss child support payments for three consecutive months.

The law will 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, will also be exempt.

It's estimated that about 25% of the debtors could be stripped of their driving license.

The law will become effective on February 1, 2017.

In last July parents owed the state €140m in child support payments. The last measure the state took against the debtors was publishing their names online

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