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New Jersey: Governor Christie Signs S-3459/A-5329 Into Law

Jan 19th, 2018 | By | Category: Spotlight

The following is a press release from the Garden State Towing Association Inc.

January 18, 2018 — On Monday, prior to the end of his term, Governor Chris Christie signed S-3459/A-5329 into law, effective immediately. The law amends the Predatory Towing Prevention Act as it applies to law enforcement tows by exempting law enforcement officers and towing companies from certain provisions of the Act.

In its previous language, it has been recently determined by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs (NJDOC) that the Predatory Towing Prevention Act, passed in April of 2009, prohibited towers from charging certain fees permitted by municipal and/or state code when requested by such agency. Unfortunately, this was not one of the original intentions of the Predatory Towing Prevention Act and several towers were punished and fined by the NJDOC as a result. The new bill exempts any non-consent law enforcement officer of the State, or political subdivision of the State, who authorizes the towing of a vehicle.

All other private property towing regulations in the Predatory Towing Act remain in effect.

“The changes in the law re-establish the authority to regulate towing ordinances and operating procedures in the hands of municipal and state police” said GSTA President and Legislative Chair John Glass.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Senator Paul Sarlo for sponsoring the bill and spearheading its passage, as well as Senator Bob Gordon for co-sponsoring. Congratulations and many thanks to the GSTA Executive Board Members John Glass, Rick Malanga, Dennis Boyce, and Michael Salemme for their time, dedication, and hard work on this matter. We appreciate the efforts of the many individuals, groups, and legislators that worked to see this to fruition, including GSTA members Nick Testa of Nick’s Towing Service, John Salemme of Bergen Brookside Towing, and Greg Makroulakis of ABC Towing, and Sal Risalvato of New Jersey Gasoline Retailers.

The bill may be viewed at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S3500/3459_I1.HTM

The Garden State Towing Association is the recognized towing association of New Jersey, as well as the only New Jersey state towing association affiliated with the national Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) and the Conference of Northeast Towing Associations (CNTA). GSTA represents the interests of over two hundred companies in New Jersey.