TRENTON, N.J. — The Limousine Associations of New Jersey is working to get a pivotal piece of legislation passed in the New Year that would make changes to state limousine laws beneficial to operators.
LANJ executive director Barry Lefkowitz said he’s trying to get A3634/S2716, also known as the Wisniewski/Madden bill, scheduled for a vote in one of the Senate’s lame duck sessions being held on Jan. 7 and 11. The Assembly passed the bill in June.
If the Senate passes the bill, it would then go to outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine’s office for a signature. The new governor, Chris Christie, a Republican, will be sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The bill would revise laws on several key fronts: 1) Declare Avis WeDriveU a chauffeured transportation company, subject to the same rules, regulations, and fees as luxury limousine operators; 2) Allow for expanded probable cause for investigators/enforcers to go onto the property of suspected illegal operators; 3) Allow for a greater number of passengers to travel in for-hire vehicles built for 14 or fewer passengers in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations; 4) Limit annual livery vehicle registration fees levied by local governments/agencies to $10 per vehicle per year.
LANJ recently sent an e-blast and draft letters to members and New Jersey operators asking that can be used to immediately ask Senate President Richard Cody, D-27th District, to post the bill on the Senate docket for one of the two lame duck sessions. Operators can reach Cody’s office via the following: fax, (973) 731-0647; phone, (973) 731-6770; email, email@example.com.
Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine