ASSEMBLY HOMELAND SECURITY AND STATE PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 856

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MARCH 3, 2016

 

      The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 856.

      This bill requires the removal of equipment and markings prior to the sale or transfer of an authorized emergency vehicle to a private individual or entity. 

      Current law defines “authorized emergency vehicle” as any vehicle of the fire department, a police vehicle, ambulance, and any other vehicles as are approved by the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission when operated in response to an emergency call. 

      The amended bill provides that unless an authorized emergency vehicle is sold or transferred to a: (1) State or municipal agency; (2) government entity engaged in law enforcement, fire services, or emergency medical transportation; (3) volunteer fire company; (4) volunteer first aid, ambulance, or rescue squad; (5) person who is an authorized dealer of emergency vehicles; or (6) a non-governmental emergency service provider that purchases a used emergency vehicle, the equipment and markings are to be removed.

      Under the amended bill, “equipment” includes, but is not limited to, a handheld spotlight affixed to a side mirror, an antenna used for emergency response communication equipment, a mobile vision and mobile data terminal, a siren, a strobe light, or any other light with optional strobe functions typically used on an authorized emergency vehicle.  “Marking” includes, but is not limited to, a decal, insignia, or striping added to the authorized emergency vehicle by a State or municipal agency, or any other government entity engaged in law enforcement, fire services, or emergency medical transportation.

      The amended bill provides an exception for automobile fire engines and any authorized emergency vehicles that meet the criteria to be registered as historic vehicles.

      Lastly, the bill requires the Attorney General to issue guidelines or directives for the enforcement of this requirement.

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2016-2017 session pending technical review.  As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.

 

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS

      The committee amendments provide an exception to the bill’s requirements for automobile fire engines and any authorized emergency vehicles that meet the criteria to be registered as historic vehicles. The committee amendments also amend the definition of “historic vehicle” to provide that in order to meet the criteria, a vehicle is required to be unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design, except in the case of an authorized emergency vehicle if the alteration was completed in order for the vehicle to operate as an emergency vehicle.