Bill Text: NJ S662 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Makes discretionary driver's license suspension for first offense of driving without motor vehicle liability insurance under certain circumstances.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2018-09-13 - Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading [S662 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-S662-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 662

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

Senator  NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Makes discretionary driver's license suspension for first offense of driving without motor vehicle liability insurance under certain circumstances.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning motor vehicle liability insurance coverage and amending P.L.1972, c.197.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 2 of P.L.1972, c.197 (C.39:6B-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    a.  Any owner or registrant of a motor vehicle registered or principally garaged in this State who operates or causes to be operated a motor vehicle upon any public road or highway in this State without motor vehicle liability insurance coverage required by [this act] P.L.1972, c.197 (C.39:6B-1 et seq.), and any operator who operates or causes a motor vehicle to be operated and who knows or should know from the attendant circumstances that the motor vehicle is without motor vehicle liability insurance coverage required by [this act] P.L.1972, c.197 shall be subject, for the first offense, to a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and a period of community service to be determined by the court [, and shall forthwith forfeit his].  The court also shall suspend the person's right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State for a period of one year from the date of conviction; provided, however, the period of license suspension may be reduced or eliminated if there was no motor vehicle accident or personal injury and the person provides the court with satisfactory proof of motor vehicle liability insurance at the time of the hearing.  Upon subsequent conviction, [he] the person shall be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and shall be subject to imprisonment for a term of 14 days and shall be ordered by the court to perform community service for a period of 30 days, which shall be of such form and on such terms as the court shall deem appropriate under the circumstances, and shall forfeit [his] the person's right to operate a motor vehicle for a period of two years from the date of [his] the conviction, and, after the expiration of said period, [he] the person may make application to the [Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles] Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for a license to operate a motor vehicle, which application may be granted at the discretion of the [director] chief administrator.  The [director's] chief administrator's discretion shall be based upon an assessment of the likelihood that the individual will operate or cause a motor vehicle to be operated in the future without the insurance coverage required by this act.  A complaint for violation of this act may be made to a municipal court at any time within six months after the date of the alleged offense.

     Failure to produce at the time of trial an insurance identification card or an insurance policy which was in force for the time of operation for which the offense is charged creates a rebuttable presumption that the person was uninsured when charged with a violation of this section.

     b.    In the event that the court suspends a person's right to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to subsection a. of this section, that person must provide the chief administrator with satisfactory proof of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage prior to the chief administrator reinstating the person's right to operate a motor vehicle.

(cf:  P.L.1997, c.151, s.12)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would provide that the penalty of one year driver's license suspension for a first offense of driving without required motor vehicle liability insurance coverage may be reduced or eliminated by the court if there was no motor vehicle accident or personal injury and the person provides satisfactory proof of insurance at the time of the hearing. 

     This bill also would further provide that if a person's license is suspended by the court for driving without required motor vehicle liability insurance coverage, that person must provide to the court satisfactory proof of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage prior to that person's license being reinstated.

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