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LANJ President Tim Rose (L) and LANJ executive director Barry Lefkowitz updated New Jersey operators on several key issues at an association general meeting in Monroe Township, N.J. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Limousine Associations of New Jersey held its quarterly board and general membership meetings March 20 at the Crown Plaza in Monroe Township, N.J. It is moving forward on several key actions, including introducing legislation about the encroachment of lawless jitney operators and the group's participation in the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jitneys have become a real problem in the state of New Jersey. Originally intended as a means of beach-town transportation, many jitney companies have begun operating as limousine services, outside their intended jurisdiction, and in violation of regulatory authority.
To make matters worse, Atlantic City is also looking to pass a bill that will allow jitneys to operate as limousines, yet outside New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) regulations. “We will testify against the jitney legislation in Atlantic City,” said LANJ executive director, Barry Lefkowitz.
In an attempt to level the playing field, LANJ is working with State Assemblyman Charles Mainor, D-31st District to introduce legislation that would require jitney operators to abide by the same rules and regulations as limo companies, including minimum insurance requirements, criminal background checks, and MVC authority. “They should be made subject to the same rules and regulations we are,” Lefkowitz said.
Jersey City Fees
Lefkowitz has met with the Jersey City Department of Commerce regarding fees the city has been inappropriately assigning to companies conducting any business in Jersey City. “The law specifically says principal place of business,” Lefkowitz said. “If you’re already registered in a municipality, another municipality cannot charge you.”
Jersey City has been assigned licensing fees of $500 per vehicle as a mercantile license. Furthermore, municipalities are limited in how much they can charge by New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) statutes. Lefkowitz distributed a letter to LANJ membership from the MVC that confirms that “municipalities may require a licensing fee up to and including a maximum amount of $50 per limousine service plus $10 for each limousine…”