[Second Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 756

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2016 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  CRAIG J. COUGHLIN

District 19 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  RAJ MUKHERJI

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Senator  NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Regulates use of motor vehicle payment assurance devices.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As amended on February 13, 2017 by the General Assembly pursuant to the Governor's recommendations.

 


An Act concerning motor vehicle payment assurance devices and supplementing P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.).

 

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

 

     1.    As used in this act:

     "Consumer" means a purchaser or lessee of a motor vehicle normally used for personal, family, or household purposes.

     “Creditor” means a dealer 2[,] or2 lender, 2[or lessor,]2 or any assignee of a dealer 2[,] or2 lender 2[, or lessor]2.

     “Dealer” means a person who is 2licensed as a motor vehicle dealer or leasing dealer under R.S.39:10-19 and2 actively engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, or leasing new or used motor vehicles at retail and who has an established place of business.

     “Financing agreement” means an agreement, through a bargained communication or written contract, of an extension of a loan or other line of credit by a lender to a borrower toward the purchase of a motor vehicle.

     “Lease agreement” has the same meaning as defined in section 2 of P.L.1988, c.123 (C.56:12-30).

     “Lender” means an agent, officer, director, and employee of a lender, or any person who solicits, arranges for, or otherwise participates or assists in the making of loans, or in any way acts as an intermediary between a borrower and a lender in effecting loans related to the sale or lease of a motor vehicle.

     “Lessee” has the same meaning as defined in section 2 of P.L.1988, c.123 (C.56:12-30).

     2[“Lessor” has the same meaning as defined in section 2 of P.L.1988, c.123 (C.56:12-30).]2

     “Motor vehicle” has the same meaning as defined in R.S.39:1-1.

     “Payment assurance device” means a device installed on a motor vehicle with global positioning system capability, starter interrupt capability allowing for the remote enabling or disabling of the motor vehicle, or both, and which is installed pursuant to a motor vehicle consumer’s financing agreement or lease agreement.

 

     2.    a.   2No person other than a creditor may install or have installed a payment assurance device on a motor vehicle.

     b.2   A creditor 2[shall] may2 install or have installed a payment assurance device on a motor vehicle only if:

     (1)   2[Written disclosure of the installation is provided to the consumer prior to or at the time the motor vehicle is purchased or leased, which shall include a statement of the intended use of the device and notification] Prior to or at the time the motor vehicle is purchased or leased, the creditor provides, and the consumer acknowledges in writing the receipt of, written notification of the installation of the payment assurance device, which shall include, but is not limited to, a statement in at least 10-point boldface type indicating that the motor vehicle is equipped with a device that the creditor can use to remotely disable the vehicle, advising the consumer2 of the grace period and warning provided for in paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection 2, and identifying the name, address, and a telephone number of the creditor2;

     (2)   The consumer is not billed or charged a fee for the installation of the device;

     (3)   The creditor or an agent thereof does not remotely disable the motor vehicle until the consumer is 1[five] 2[seven1 or more days]2 in default on any term under the financing agreement or lease agreement, including but not limited to the periodic payment due on the purchase or lease 2, for five or more calendar days on a financing agreement or lease agreement whose terms call for at least one weekly payment or for 10 or more calendar days on any other financing agreement or lease agreement2;

     (4)   The consumer is provided a warning no less than 1[48] 721 hours before the motor vehicle is disabled remotely 1, and the warning is transmitted by the creditor through at least two modes of communication, such as by email, mail, telephone, text message, or through the payment assurance device or motor vehicle1 2, provided that the warning method shall not violate any applicable State or federal law2;

     (5)   The 2[creditor or an agent thereof, does not] payment assurance device cannot2 remotely disable the motor vehicle while it is being operated; 2and2

     (6)   The consumer 2in default2 is provided with the ability to start a 2remotely2 disabled motor vehicle and use it for a period of at least 48 hours 2[, in the event of an emergency; and

     (7)   For purposes of a financing agreement, the consumer’s interest rate on the loan or other line of credit is at least 10 percentage points lower than the maximum interest rate permitted by law, pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:21-19]2.

     2[b.] c.2     A violation of the provisions of subsection a. of this section by a creditor is an unlawful practice and a violation of P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.).

 

     3.    This act shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month next following enactment.