NEW YORK — The Limousine Associations of New Jersey is slowly persuading New York authorities to stop citing New Jersey operators who drive vehicles with tinted windows into their state.
New Jersey operators doing business in New York have been plagued with repeated citations this year and last because New York has stricter laws against darker windows. In recent weeks, LANJ general counsel Matt Daus has conducted an analysis of the ticket citations and the law from various jurisdictions to assert the practice of reciprocity, where New Jersey operators licensed in their state are exempted from rules that apply to New York-based operators.
So far, two of three agencies that had been writing the tickets have agreed to honor reciprocity and stop citing New Jersey operators.
“Matt did a complete analysis and got the commander of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to pull back an officer writing the tickets,” LANJ executive director Barry Lefkowitz told LCT. “He also talked with the deputy commissioner for the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission. The only one hanging is the New York Police Department, and Matt will work with them.”
Lefkowitz said he has been working with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to reach out to the New York counterpart agency to ensure both agencies understand and honor reciprocity agreements.
The citations have hit many operators, especially those with larger New Jersey-based chauffeured fleets that carry clients in and out of Manhattan, JFK International, and LaGuardia. In some cases, a vehicle has received four citations — one for each window. As a result, operators have had to chew up time and labor contesting the tickets and having chauffeurs go to court. Others simply opted to pay the fines to avoid hassles.
LCT BACKGROUND ARTICLE ON NEW YORK WINDOWN TINT CITATIONS HERE.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor