FREEHOLD, N.J. — Operator Robert Bellagamba of Concorde Worldwide got some welcome news about his tinted window violations before heading to the International LCT Show in Las Vegas this week: Charges dropped.
LCT first reported on the New Jersey limo window tint issue on Dec. 16, 2009.
Authorities dismissed the tickets after determining that New York’s window tint laws were erroneously enforced, Bellagamba said. New York traffic enforcement agencies must abide by the tint window laws of other states, and can only enforce New York’s tint window rules on limousine and livery vehicles registered in the state of New York.
The tinted window enforcement, which cited other New Jersey operators as well, created an infuriating nuisance for operators and puzzled the Limousine Associations of New Jersey, which had been contemplating ways to organize opposition.
Operators nationwide should be aware of how the tinted window flap is another sign of how government and law enforcement agencies may “mistakenly” or “aggressively” apply certain laws to raise more revenues as state and local governments contend with sharp tax revenue declines because of the recession.
Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine