No Ruling Yet in Fees Case

The first decision on the constitutionality of the expensive fees Virginia is imposing on so-called abusive drivers will have to wait a week.

A Henrico County General District Court judge listened to arguments on Thursday that the new state law is unconstitutional because it applies only to Virginia residents.

Lawyers for Anthony Price, who was in court Thursday on his fifth charge of driving with a suspended license, said the law violates the 14th Amendment guarantees of equal protection under the law.

But an assistant Commonwealth's attorney told Judge Archie Yeatts that the law cannot be challenged on 14th Amendment grounds if the General Assembly had a rational basis for enacting it.

The state contends the need for transportation money or the intent to discourage unsafe driving are both a rational basis.

Yeatts said he would issue a written ruling by next Thursday.


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