Need legal help? New company offers to save your licence
October 1, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - What do a doctor, an exterminator, a tattoo artist and a truck driver all have in common? Their careers all depend on their licences and as such, they also qualify for a new professio...
BALTIMORE, Md. – What do a doctor, an exterminator, a tattoo artist and a truck driver all have in common? Their careers all depend on their licences and as such, they also qualify for a new professional membership society called Save My License.
The Internet-based company’s new service, launched Aug. 21, is designed to help professionals save their licences, their careers and their good name from legal action in both Canada and the US. The benefit is different from other such services, because Save My License is not an insurance company, but rather a member organization and society of licensed professionals, including truckers.
“This is not reimbursement; it’s not insurance or any of that. It’s a member benefit, so as a member, you are entitled to that benefit,” says Raymond Miller, president of SaveMyLicense.com.
For truckers, membership would help with legal trouble including logbook violations, point accumulation and border issues. Even if a truck driver is driving their car and gets a ticket, their licence can be put into jeopardy.
“Most commercial drivers are very serious about their professions in terms of safety, hours they drive, their diligence with respect to maintenance and logbooks and things like that,” Miller says. “When an issue comes up with a commercial driver’s licence, they need access to resources – financial and legal – and they need them on short notice.”
Cost for such resources can be steep, with legal fees sometimes reaching between $3,000 and $5,000 just for a retainer. But with membership with Save My License, drivers can be protected to up to $25,000 in legal fees.
If a driver needs a lawyer because of a problem with their commercial driver’s licence, as a member, Save My License will locate a lawyer through their network who will take up the case.
“And we’re paying him from first dollar,” Miller says. “You don’t have to pay anything.”
Drivers would be subject to membership fees, of course, which range from $599 to $999 annually – still cheaper than a lawyer’s retainer.
Though the company is US-based, Save My License has registered with the government to practice in Canada. As well, because the company is Internet-based the same rules don’t apply.
“If one of our members is a Canadian citizen with a Canadian driver’s licence, if they have a problem where they are in need of a member benefit, we’re going to react to them and protect them no matter where they are.”
When drivers sign up for membership online, they will be asked questions on past complaints or other violations, in which case the case is referred locally. It doesn’t mean they can’t obtain membership, but they may be subject to an additional charge, Miller reminds. Though the program – a culmination of eight years of research – is new to the public, it’s already gaining a lot of attention, according to Miller.
“This is the first time a service like has ever been offered – ever,” he says. “Administrative actions against a professionals’ licence are incredibly disrupting, if not fatal, to a person’s career, and will affect their reputation, their livelihood, their family, and their income. It’s critical that all licensed professionals have the resources and access to legal counsel on short notice to effectively fight for their good name.”