[Third Reprint]

SENATE, No. 736

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† NICHOLAS J. SACCO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblyman† JOSEPH CRYAN

District 20 (Union)

Assemblyman† THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Assemblyman† GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman† ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Greenstein, Assemblymen DeAngelo, Prieto and Assemblywoman Spencer

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Establishes new motorcycle safety provisions.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee on November 15, 2010, with amendments.

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An Act concerning motorcycle safety, amending R.S.39:3-10, R.S.39:3-13, 3[R.S.39:8-1,]3 and P.L.1991, c.452, supplementing chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, and repealing section 3 of P.L.1991, c.452.

 

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

 

†††† 1.††† R.S.39:3-10 is amended to read as follows:

†††† 39:3-10.† No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a public highway in this State unless the person is under supervision while participating in a behind-the-wheel driving course pursuant to section 6 of P.L.1977, c.25 (C.39:3-13.2a) or is in possession of a validated permit, or a probationary or basic driver's license issued to [him] that person in accordance with this article.

†††† No person under 18 years of age shall be issued a basic license to drive motor vehicles, nor shall a person be issued a validated permit, including a validated examination permit, until [he] the applicant has passed a satisfactory examination and other requirements as to [his] the applicantís ability as an operator.† The examination shall include a test of the applicant's vision, [his] the applicantís ability to understand traffic control devices, [his] the applicantís knowledge of safe driving practices and of the effects that ingestion of alcohol or drugs has on a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle, [his] the applicantís knowledge of such portions of the mechanism of motor vehicles as is necessary to insure the safe operation of a vehicle of the kind or kinds indicated by the applicant , and of the laws and ordinary usages of the road.† No person shall sit for an examination for any permit without exhibiting photo identification deemed acceptable by the commission, unless that person is a high school student participating in a course of automobile driving education approved by the State Department of Education and conducted in a public, parochial , or private school of this State, pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1).† The commission may waive the written law knowledge examination for any person 18 years of age or older possessing a valid driver's license issued by any other state, the District of Columbia , or the United States Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico , or the Virgin Islands.† The commission shall be required to provide that person with a booklet that highlights those motor vehicle laws unique to New Jersey.† A road test shall be required for a probationary license and serve as a demonstration of the applicant's ability to operate a vehicle of the class designated.† No person shall sit for a road test unless that person exhibits photo identification deemed acceptable by the commission.† A high school student who has completed a course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education approved by the State Department of Education and conducted in a public, parochial , or private school of this State, who has been issued a special learner's permit pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1) prior to January 1, 2003, shall not be required to exhibit photo identification in order to sit for a road test.† The commission may waive the road test for any person 18 years of age or older possessing a valid driver's license issued by any other state, the District of Columbia , or the United States Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico , or the Virgin Islands.† The road test shall be given on public streets, where practicable and feasible, but may be preceded by an off-street screening process to assess basic skills.† The commission shall approve locations for the road test which pose no more than a minimal risk of injury to the applicant, the examiner , and other motorists.† No new locations for the road test shall be approved unless the test can be given on public streets.

†††† A person who successfully completes a road test for a motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement when operating a motorcycle or motorized scooter with an engine displacement of less than 231 cubic centimeters shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement restricting the personís operation of such vehicles to any motorcycle with an engine displacement of 500 cubic centimeters or less.† A person who successfully completes a road test for a motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement when operating a motorcycle with an engine displacement of 231 or more cubic centimeters shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement without any restriction as to engine displacement.† Any person who successfully completes an approved motorcycle safety education course established pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36) shall be issued a motorcycle license or endorsement without restriction as to engine displacement.

†††† The commission shall issue a basic driver's license to operate a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle to a person over 18 years of age who previously has not been licensed to drive a motor vehicle in this State or another jurisdiction only if that person has:† (1) operated a passenger automobile in compliance with the requirements of this title for not less than one year, not including any period of suspension or postponement, from the date of issuance of a probationary license pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.4); (2) not been assessed more than two motor vehicle points; (3) not been convicted in the previous year for a violation of R.S.39:4-50, section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a), P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14), R.S.39:4-129, N.J.S.2C:11-5, subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1, or any other motor vehicle-related violation the commission determines to be significant and applicable pursuant to regulation; and (4) passed an examination of [his] the applicantís ability to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to this section.

†††† The commission shall expand the driver's license examination by 20%. The additional questions to be added shall consist solely of questions developed in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Senior Services concerning the use of alcohol or drugs as related to highway safety.† The commission shall develop in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Senior Services supplements to the driver's manual which shall include information necessary to answer any question on the driver's license examination concerning alcohol or drugs as related to highway safety.

†††† Up to 20 questions may be added to the examination on subjects to be determined by the commission that are of particular relevance to youthful drivers, after consultation with the Director of the [Office] Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

†††† The commission shall expand the driver's license examination to include a question asking whether the applicant is aware of the provisions of the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act," P.L.2008, c.50 (C.26:6-77 et al.) and the procedure for indicating on the driver's license the intention to make a donation of body organs or tissues pursuant to P.L.1978, c.181 (C.39:3-12.2).

†††† Any person applying for a driver's license to operate a motor vehicle or motorized bicycle in this State shall surrender to the commission any current driver's license issued to [him] the applicant by another state or jurisdiction upon [his] the applicantís receipt of a driver's license for this State.† The commission shall refuse to issue a driver's license if the applicant fails to comply with this provision.† An applicant for a permit or license who is less than 18 years of age, and who holds a permit or license for a passenger automobile issued by another state or country that is valid or has expired within a time period designated by the commission, shall be subject to the permit and license requirements and penalties applicable to State permit and license applicants who are of the same age; except that if the other state or country has permit or license standards substantially similar to those of this State, the credentials of the other state or country shall be acceptable.

†††† The commission shall create classified licensing of drivers covering the following classifications:

†††† a.†††† Motorcycles, except that for the purposes of this section, motorcycle shall not include any three-wheeled motor vehicle equipped with a single cab with glazing enclosing the occupant, seats similar to those of a passenger vehicle or truck, seat belts and automotive steering or any vehicle defined as a motorcycle pursuant to R.S.39:1-1 having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed of no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface .

†††† b.††† Omnibuses as classified by R.S.39:3-10.1 and school buses classified under N.J.S.18A:39-1 et seq.

†††† c.†††† (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1999, c.28).

†††† d.††† All motor vehicles not included in classifications a. and b. A license issued pursuant to this classification d. shall be referred to as the "basic driver's license."

†††† Every applicant for a license under classification b. shall be a holder of a basic driver's license.† Any issuance of a license under classification b. shall be by endorsement on the basic driver's license.

†††† A driver's license for motorcycles may be issued separately, but if issued to the holder of a basic driver's license, it shall be by endorsement on the basic driver's license.† The holder of a basic driverís license or a separately issued motorcycle license shall be authorized to operate a motorcycle having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface.

†††† The commission, upon payment of the lawful fee and after it or a person authorized by it has examined the applicant and is satisfied of the applicant's ability as an operator, may, in its discretion, issue a license to the applicant to drive a motor vehicle.† The license shall authorize him to drive any registered vehicle, of the kind or kinds indicated, and shall expire, except as otherwise provided, on the last day of the 48th calendar month following the calendar month in which such license was issued.

†††† The commission may, at its discretion and for good cause shown, issue licenses which shall expire on a date fixed by it. If the commission issues a license to a person who has demonstrated authorization to be present in the United States for a period of time shorter than the standard period of the license, the commission shall fix the expiration date of the license at a date based on the period in which the person is authorized to be present in the United States under federal immigration laws.† The commission may renew such a license only if it is demonstrated that the person's continued presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.† The fee for licenses with expiration dates fixed by the commission shall be fixed by the commission in amounts proportionately less or greater than the fee herein established.

†††† The required fee for a license for the 48-month period shall be as follows:

†††† Motorcycle license or endorsement: $18.

†††† Omnibus or school bus endorsement: $18.

†††† Basic driver's license: $18.

†††† The commission shall waive the payment of fees for issuance of omnibus endorsements whenever an applicant establishes to the commission's satisfaction that said applicant will use the omnibus endorsement exclusively for operating omnibuses owned by a nonprofit organization duly incorporated under Title 15 or 16 of the Revised Statutes or Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes.

†††† The commission shall issue licenses for the following license period on and after the first day of the calendar month immediately preceding the commencement of such period, such licenses to be effective immediately.

†††† All applications for renewals of licenses shall be made in a manner prescribed by the commission and in accordance with procedures established by it.

†††† The commission in its discretion may refuse to grant a permit or license to drive motor vehicles to a person who is, in its estimation, not a proper person to be granted such a permit or license, but no defect of the applicant shall debar [him] the applicant from receiving a permit or license unless it can be shown by tests approved by the commission that the defect incapacitates [him] the applicant from safely operating a motor vehicle.

†††† In addition to requiring an applicant for a driver's license to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the commission also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining a permit and license, satisfactory proof that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.

†††† If the commission has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age or legal residency is altered, false or otherwise invalid, the commission shall refuse to grant the permit or license until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the commission's satisfaction.

†††† A person violating this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 60 days, but if that person has never been licensed to drive in this State or any other jurisdiction, [he] the applicant shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 and, in addition, the court shall issue an order to the commission requiring the commission to refuse to issue a license to operate a motor vehicle to the person for a period of not less than 180 days.† The penalties provided for by this paragraph shall not be applicable in cases where failure to have actual possession of the operator's license is due to an administrative or technical error by the commission.

†††† Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter or extend the expiration of any license issued prior to the date this amendatory
and supplementary act becomes operative.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.38, s.1)

 

†††† 2.††† Section 6 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.39:3-10.31) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 6.††† The [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Division of] Motor [Vehicles] Vehicle Commission may waive the written law and knowledge and road test portion of the examinations required for a motorcycle license or endorsement under R.S.39:3-10 for the holder of an examination permit who has successfully completed a motorcycle safety education course established under the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36).

(cf: P.L.1991, c.452, s.6)

 

†††† 3.††† R.S.39:3-13 is amended to read as follows:

†††† 39:3-13.† The chief administrator may, in [his] the chief administratorís discretion, issue to a person over 17 years of age an examination permit, under the hand and seal of the chief administrator, allowing such person, for the purpose of fitting [himself] the person to become a licensed driver, to operate a designated class of motor vehicles other than passenger automobiles and motorcycles [of persons licensed to operate motorcycles only] for a specified period of not more than 90 days, while in the company and under the supervision of a driver licensed to operate such designated class of motor vehicles.

†††† The chief administrator, in [his] the chief administratorís discretion, may issue for a specified period of not less than one year a passenger automobile or motorcycle-only examination permit to a person over 17 years of age regardless of whether a person has completed a course of behind-the-wheel automobile driving education pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.1).† An examination permit applicant who is under 18 years of age shall obtain the signature of a parent or guardian for submission to the commission on a form prescribed by the chief administrator.† The chief administrator shall postpone for six months the driving privileges of any person who submits a fraudulent signature for a parent or guardian.

†††† For six months immediately following the validation of an examination permit, and until the holder passes the road test, the holder who is less than 21 years of age shall operate the passenger automobile [or motorcycle] only when accompanied by, and under the supervision of, a New Jersey licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and has been licensed to drive a passenger automobile [or motorcycle, as the case may be,] for not less than three years. The holder of an examination permit who is at least 21 years of age shall operate the passenger automobile [or motorcycle] for the first three months under such supervision and until the holder passes the road test. The supervising driver of the passenger automobile shall sit in the front seat of the vehicle. Whenever operating a vehicle while in possession of an examination permit, the holder of the permit shall operate the passenger automobile with only one additional passenger in the vehicle excluding dependents of the permit holder, except that this passenger restriction shall not apply when the permit holder is at least 21 years of age or when the permit holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian.† Further, the holder of the passenger automobile permit who is less than 21 years of age shall not drive during the hours between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.; provided, however, that this condition may be waived for an emergency which, in the judgment of local police, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to substantially endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of a person, or for any bona fide employment or religion-related activity if the employer or appropriate religious authority provides written verification of such activity in a manner provided for by the chief administrator.† The holder of the examination permit shall not use any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device, except in an emergency, while operating a moving passenger automobile on a public road or highway.† "Use" shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening on any hand-held or hands-free interactive wireless communication device or operating its keys, buttons, or other controls. The passenger automobile permit holder shall ensure that all occupants of the vehicle are secured in a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt or child restraint system.

†††† The holder of an examination permit subject to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1977, c.23 (C.39:3-10b) shall not operate a motorcycle at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise.† A motorcycle operated by the holder of an examination permit shall carry only the operator and shall not be operated on any toll road over which the New Jersey Turnpike Authority or the South Jersey Transportation Authority has jurisdiction or on any limited-access interstate highway.

†††† The holder of any examination permit shall not operate a motorcycle having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed 1of1 no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface at anytime from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and shall not operate the motorcycle with any other passenger.† The holder of any examination permit shall not operate 1such1 a motorcycle upon limited-access interstate highways or public roads or highways with a posted speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour.

†††† 2[On and after 1[July 1, 2009] the 90th day following the date of enactment of P.L.††† , c.†† (pending before the Legislature as this bill)1 , an] An2 applicant for an examination permit subject to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1977, c.23 (C.39:3-10b), who is less than 18 years of age, shall be required to successfully complete a motorcycle safety education course established pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36) as a condition for obtaining a motorcycle license or endorsement.

†††† The chief administrator shall provide the holder of an examination permit with two removable, transferable, highly visible, reflective decals indicating that the driver of the vehicle may be the holder of an examination permit.† The decals shall be designed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety.† The chief administrator may charge a fee for the decals not to exceed the actual cost of producing and distributing the decals.† The decals shall be displayed in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator, in consultation with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and shall be clearly visible to law enforcement officers.† The holder of an examination permit shall not operate a vehicle unless the decals are displayed.† The decal shall be removed once the driver's examination permit period has ended.

†††† When notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that an examination permit holder has been convicted of a violation which causes the permit holder to accumulate more than two motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.189 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5; subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1; or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator deems significant and applicable pursuant to regulation, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the examination permit holder's examination permit for 90 days.† The chief administrator shall restore the permit following the term of the permit suspension if the permit holder satisfactorily completes a remedial training course of not less than four hours which may be given by the commission, a driving school licensed by the chief administrator pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-2), or any Statewide safety organization approved by the chief administrator.† The course shall be subject to oversight by the commission according to its guidelines.† The permit holder shall also remit a course fee prior to the commencement of the course. The chief administrator also shall postpone without the exercise of discretion or a hearing the issuance of a basic license for 90 days if the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that the examination permit holder, after completion of the remedial training course, has been convicted of any motor vehicle violation which results in the imposition of any motor vehicle points or has been convicted of a violation of R.S.39:4-50; section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a); P.L.1992, c.182 (C.39:4-50.14); R.S.39:4-129; N.J.S.2C:11-5, subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:12-1 or any other motor vehicle-related law the chief administrator deems significant and applicable pursuant to regulation.† When the chief administrator is notified by a court of competent jurisdiction that an examination permit holder has been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related offense unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle and is not otherwise subject to any other suspension penalty therefor, the chief administrator shall, without the exercise of discretion or a hearing, suspend the examination permit for six months.

†††† An examination permit for a motorcycle or a commercial motor vehicle issued to a handicapped person, as determined by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission after consultation with the Department of Education, shall be valid for nine months or until the completion of the road test portion of his license examination, whichever period is shorter.

†††† Each permit shall be sufficient license for the person to operate such designated class of motor vehicles in this State during the period specified, while in the company of and under the control of a driver licensed by this State to operate such designated class of motor vehicles, or, in the case of a commercial driver license permit, while in the company of and under the control of a holder of a valid commercial driver license for the appropriate license class and with the appropriate endorsements issued by this or any other state. Such person, as well as the licensed driver, except for a motor vehicle examiner administering a driving skills test, shall be held accountable for all violations of this subtitle committed by such person while in the presence of the licensed driver.† In addition to requiring an applicant for an examination permit to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the chief administrator also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining the permit, satisfactory proof that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.† If the chief administrator has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age, or legal residency is altered, false, or otherwise invalid, the chief administrator shall refuse to grant the permit until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the chief administrator's satisfaction.

†††† The holder of an examination permit shall be required to take a road test in order to obtain a probationary license. No road test for any person who has been issued an examination permit to operate a passenger vehicle shall be given unless the person has met the requirements of this section.† No road test for a probationary license shall be given unless the applicant has first secured an examination permit and no such road test shall be scheduled for an applicant who has secured an examination permit for a passenger vehicle or a motorcycle for which an endorsement is not required until at least six months for an applicant under 21 years of age or three months for an applicant 21 years of age or older shall have elapsed following the validation of the examination permit for practice driving or, in the case of an examination permit for other vehicles, until 20 days have elapsed. In the case of an omnibus endorsement or school bus, no road test shall be scheduled until at least 10 days shall have elapsed. Every applicant for an examination permit to qualify for an omnibus endorsement or an articulated vehicle endorsement shall be a holder of a valid basic driver's license.

†††† The required fees for special learner's permits and examination permits shall be as follows:

Basic driver's license...............................................up to $10

Motorcycle license or endorsement..................................$† 5

Omnibus or school bus endorsement................................$25

†††† The chief administrator shall waive the payment of fees for issuance of examination permits for omnibus endorsements whenever the applicant establishes to the chief administrator's satisfaction that said applicant will use the omnibus endorsement exclusively for operating omnibuses owned by a nonprofit organization duly incorporated under Title 15 or 16 of the Revised Statutes or Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes.

†††† The specified period for which a permit is issued may be extended for not more than an additional 60 days, without payment of an added fee, upon application made by the holder thereof, where the holder has applied to take the examination for a driver's license prior to the expiration of the original period for which the permit was issued and the chief administrator was unable to schedule an examination during said period.

†††† As a condition for the issuance of an examination permit under this section, the chief administrator shall secure a digitized picture of the applicant.† The picture shall be stored in a manner prescribed by the chief administrator and may be displayed on the examination permit.

†††† The chief administrator may require that whenever a person to whom an examination permit has been issued has reconstructive or cosmetic surgery which significantly alters the person's facial features, the person shall notify the chief administrator who may require the picture of the person to be updated.

†††† Specific use of the examination permit and any information stored or encoded, electronically or otherwise, in relation thereto shall be in accordance with P.L.1997, c.188 (C.39:2-3.3 et seq.) and the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994, Pub.L.103-322.† Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the digitized picture or any access thereto or any use thereof shall not
be sold, leased , or exchanged for value.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.38, s.5)

 

†††† 3[4.† R.S.39:8-1 is amended to read as follows:

†††† 39:8-1.† a.† Every motor vehicle registered in this State which is used over any public road, street, or highway or any public or quasi-public property in this State, and every vehicle subject to enhanced inspection and maintenance programs pursuant to 40 C.F.R. s.51.356, except historic motor vehicles registered as such, collector motor vehicles designated as such pursuant to this subsection, 1motorcycles having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed of no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface1 and those vehicles over 8,500 pounds gross weight that are under the inspection jurisdiction of the commission pursuant to Titles 27 and 48 [(as amended by this legislation)] of the Revised Statutes, shall be inspected by designated examiners or at official inspection facilities to be designated by the commission or at licensed private inspection facilities.† The commission shall adopt rules and regulations establishing a procedure for the designation of motor vehicles as collector motor vehicles, which designation shall include consideration by the commission of one or more of the following factors: the age of the vehicle, the number of such vehicles originally manufactured, the number of such vehicles that are currently in use, the total number of miles the vehicle has been driven, the number of miles the vehicle has been driven during the previous year or other period of time determined by the commission, and whether the vehicle has a collector classification for insurance purposes.

†††† b.††† The commission shall determine the official inspection facility or private inspection facility at which a motor vehicle, depending upon its characteristics, shall be inspected.† The commission, with the concurrence of the Department of Environmental Protection, may exclude by regulation from this inspection requirement any category of motor vehicle if good cause for such exclusion exists, unless the exclusion is likely to prevent this State from meeting the applicable performance standard established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The commission may determine that a vehicle is in compliance with the inspection requirements of this section if the vehicle has been inspected and passed under a similar inspection program of another state, district, or territory of the United States.

(cf: P.L.2003, c.13, s.75)]3

 

†††† 3[5.] 4.3†††† Section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 1.††† a.† The chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission [, after consultation with the motorcycle safety education advisory committee established under section 3 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-38),] shall establish a motorcycle safety education program.† The program shall consist of a course of instruction and training designed to develop and instill the knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation and riding of a motorcycle and shall meet or exceed the standards and requirements of the rider's course developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

†††† b.††† The motorcycle safety education course shall be open to any applicant for a New Jersey motorcycle license or endorsement and to any person who has been issued a New Jersey motorcycle license or endorsement.† The course shall be scheduled for such times and places as the chief administrator shall determine are appropriate to enable interested applicants for and persons with motorcycle licenses and endorsements to participate.

†††† c.†††† The chief administrator may assign employees of the Motor Vehicle Commission to serve as instructors for the course, or may contract with such other persons who are certified as motorcycle safety education instructors pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-37) to serve as instructors for the course.† A person with a motorcycle safety education instructor endorsement to an instructor's license issued pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-5) may also be selected by the chief administrator to serve as an instructor for the course.

†††† d.††† [If the moneys deposited in the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-39), are not sufficient to cover the costs of the program, the] The chief administrator may impose a registration fee to be paid by the participants in the course.

†††† e.†††† The motorcycle safety education course may also be provided by:

†††† (1)†† public and private educational institutions which are approved by the chief administrator to offer the course ;

†††† (2)†† drivers' schools licensed pursuant to P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-1 et seq.); [or]

†††† (3)†† dealers engaged in the business of selling new motorcycles and licensed pursuant to R.S.39:10-19 and which are approved by the chief administrator to offer the course.† A dealer approved to offer the motorcycle safety education course shall not restrict enrollment therein to persons who have purchased or agreed to purchase a motorcycle or other vehicle from that dealer, and shall not charge a higher fee for enrollment therein based upon whether a person has made or has agreed to make such a purchase ; or

†††† (4)†† private entities which are approved by the chief administrator to offer the course.† The motorcycle safety education course provided by a private entity shall meet or exceed the standards and requirements of the riderís course developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation including, but not limited to, course curriculum, motorcycle range, and motorcycle instructor certification.

†††† f.†††† Upon and after the effective date of this act, the chief administrator may impose upon an entity seeking approval to provide the motorcycle safety education course in accordance with subsection e. of this section, a course certification fee for each location at which the entity intends to offer motorcycle range instruction.† The chief administrator shall adopt regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to fix the amount of the course certification fee.† Moneys collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund, pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-39).

†††† g.†††† [Upon and after the effective date of this act, the] The chief administrator [shall] may collect from each entity approved to provide the motorcycle safety education course pursuant to subsection e. of this section, a road test waiver fee for each student who has successfully completed the course and has qualified for a waiver of the road test portion of the examination required pursuant to section 6 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.39:3-10.31) to obtain a motorcycle license or endorsement.† The chief administrator shall adopt regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to fix the amount of the road test waiver fee.† Moneys collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund, pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-39).

†††† h.†††† Notwithstanding subsection a. of this section, the chief administrator may enter into a contract with a public or private entity authorizing such entity to implement and administer the motorcycle safety education course established by the chief administrator pursuant to this section.† The chief administrator may suspend or revoke an authorization to administer the motorcycle safety education course on any reasonable ground.

(cf: P.L.2007, c.179, s.1)

 

†††† 3[6.] 5.3 Section 2 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-37) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 2.††† To qualify for certification as an instructor of the motorcycle safety education course established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36), a person shall:

†††† a.†††† be the holder of a motorcycle operator's license or endorsement issued by any state;

†††† b.††† have at least two years of motorcycle riding experience;

†††† c.†††† have no record of a suspension or revocation of his driver's license or motorcycle license or endorsement during the past two years;

†††† d.††† have no convictions for violating the provisions of R.S.39:4-50 during the past five years;

†††† e.†††† have accumulated no more than four points assessed against his driver's license or motorcycle license or endorsement by the [director] chief administrator for motor vehicle offenses during the past two years;

†††† f.†††† be the holder of a current Motorcycle Safety Foundation certification as a motorcycle instructor; and

†††† g.†††† meet such other requirements as the Director of the Office of Highway Traffic Safety may deem appropriate and necessary.

†††† Any person who meets the requirements set forth in this section may apply to the [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Office of Highway Traffic Safety] Motor Vehicle Commission to be certified as a motorcycle safety education instructor.† The application shall be in writing and contain such information as the [director] chief administrator shall require.† No certification fee shall be charged by the [director] chief administrator.† A certification so issued shall be valid during such period as the instructor meets the requirements of subsections a. through g. of this section.

†††† A person who holds a valid instructor's license issued pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-5) may apply to the [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Division of] Motor [Vehicles] Vehicle Commission for a motorcycle safety education instructor endorsement as provided for in section 5 of P.L.1951, c.216 (C.39:12-5).

(cf: P.L.1991, c.452, s.2)

 

†††† 3[7.] 6.3†††† Section 4 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-39) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 4.††† There is established a Motorcycle Safety Education Fund in the [Office of Highway Traffic Safety] Motor Vehicle Commission.† Such registration fees as may be imposed at the discretion of the [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Office of Highway Traffic Safety] Motor Vehicle Commission upon participants in a motorcycle safety education course, $5.00 of the fee collected by the [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Division of] Motor [Vehicles] Vehicle Commission for each motorcycle license or endorsement issued under the provisions of R.S.39:3-10, and any other moneys which may become available for motorcycle safety education shall be deposited in the fund.† The moneys in the fund shall be used exclusively by the [Office of Highway Traffic Safety] Motor Vehicle Commission to defray the costs of the motorcycle safety education program established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36).† In addition, moneys in the fund may be used to provide for a full or part-time motorcycle safety education program coordinator.

(cf:† P.L.1991, c.452, s.4)

 

†††† 3[8.] 7.3†††† (New section)† A motorcycle having a motor with a maximum piston displacement that is less than 50 cubic centimeters or a motor that is rated at no more than 1.5 brake horsepower with a maximum speed of no more than 35 miles per hour on a flat surface shall not be operated upon limited-access interstate highways or public roads or highways with posted speed limits greater than 35 miles per hour.

†††† Every person operating a motorcycle upon a public road or highway shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle under chapter 4 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes and N.J.S.2C:11-5 and all amendments and supplements thereto.

 

†††† 3[9.] 8.3†††† Section 5 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-40) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 5.††† The [Director] Chief Administrator of the [Office of Highway Traffic Safety] Motor Vehicle Commission, pursuant to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act, including, but not limited to, the minimum level of knowledge, skill and ability required for the successful completion of the motorcycle safety education program established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-36).

(cf:† P.L.1991, c.452, s.5)

 

†††† 3[10.] 9.3†† Section 3 of P.L.1991, c.452 (C.27:5F-38) is repealed.

 

†††† 3[11.] 10.3 Sections 2, 34,3 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 3[10,]3 and this section of this act shall take effect immediately, 3[sections] section3 3 3[and 4]3 shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month following enactment, and section 1 shall take effect immediately but shall remain inoperative until the date the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission certifies to the Governor that the commission is prepared to issue motorcycle licenses and endorsements with restriction as to engine displacement 1[and to collect the increased motorcycle license or endorsement fee]1, but such operative date shall be 1as soon as practicable and1 no later than January 1, 1[2011] 20131.† The chief administrator may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.