A bill sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R- Ocean) to prevent possible terrorist attacks by ensuring all commercial vehicles have the proper signage and identification was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel to enhance public safety by increasing penalties for unmarked commercial vehicles was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Flickr)
“I’ve seen so many unmarked box trucks, and it can make you feel a little uneasy,” Senator Holzapfel said. “Without the proper markings, you can never know who the operator is or if they’re trying to hide something. It’s a public safety risk that we can eliminate if we more adequately enforce our existing laws. It’s a public safety risk that we can eliminate if we more adequately enforce our existing laws.”
Current law requires the owner of a commercial vehicle to conspicuously display the name of the vehicle’s owner and the municipality of the owner’s principal place of business. The sign has to be in plain view and must be at least three inches high.
The penalty for a violation of this law is currently a $10 fine. The legislation, S-2513, increases the fine for these violations to $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense.
The legislation has the added effect of protecting consumers by giving them the ability to identify the businesses they contract to do work for them.
“This will help consumers verify who is pulling up to their house and prevent scam artists from operating anonymously,” Senator Holzapfel said. “If $10 isn’t enough to get businesses to follow the law, then we need to raise the penalty.”
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