Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said the bill "will bring hundreds of thousands of immigrants out from the shadows and make New York’s roads safer.”
Supporters say the so-called 'Green Light’ bill would improve road safety in the state by making immigrants who drive take road tests and get insurance and annual vehicle inspections.
Twelve states plus the District of Columbia already allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. According to a report from the liberal Fiscal Policy Institute, more than 265,000 people would become eligible for licenses and the additional legal drivers would generate $57 million in annual revenue for the state.
“While opponents continue to spread misinformation and stoke fears about the bill’s intent and consequences, the Assembly Majority will continue to put the needs of New Yorkers first,” Heastie said. "Making sure that every driver is trained, tested and insured will make New York’s roads safer for everyone and ensure that our industries have the labor they need to keep our economy moving.”