MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Transportation officials say they have reached an agreement with Alabama after the determination of the black residents were disproportionately affected by the state of the closure of the national driver’s license offices.
Secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx announced the agreement Wednesday.
The department said the Alabama law enforcement agency had agreed, among other things, to extend the number of hours that the offices are open.
The federal agency launched an investigation last year after the state, citing budget issues, the shutters 31 part-time offices where examiners gave the driving tests about once per week. That left more than a third of Alabama counties without a license of office, including most of the municipalities with a majority African-American population
Because of a backlash, the state reversed course and agreed to open the offices once a month.