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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 6, 2022 03:19 PM
From: Representative Jeanne McNeill
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Early Termination Fees of Leased Vehicles for Medical Reasons (Former HB2417)
 
Losing the ability to drive because of diagnosed medical reasons can be a very trying time for families. Often a person’s car needs to be sold or given to another family member. Unfortunately, when a vehicle is leased, paying the remaining balance owed and termination fees becomes a large expense, and many families cannot afford it.
 
To help with this situation, I will be introducing legislation that will allow individuals to terminate vehicle leases early if a medical professional has determined that they are unfit to safely drive a vehicle and this change has been reported to PennDOT as required by law. The individual will have to return the vehicle and will only be charged for damage to the vehicle. The financing companies and dealerships will be prohibited from charging early termination fees or penalties, and the individual will not be responsible for the remaining balance.
 
Being diagnosed as medically unfit to drive is lifechanging. It is simply unfair for someone to take on the financial burden of paying the remaining balance owed and termination fees for a leased vehicle that is illegal for them to drive. Please join with me in helping Pennsylvania families by lessening the burden as family members transition after a potentially difficult medical diagnosis.
 



Introduced as HB540