Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Motor Vehicle Commission and Surcharge Debt - Incentive Program

The MVC (formerly DMV) has announced today the creation of an MVC Surcharge Payment Incentive Pogram.  The program will run from today, June 15, 2010, though July 30, 2010, and is designed to help MVC customers in judgment address their surcharges.

It's a vicious cycle.  If you don't pay the debt, you can't reinstate your drivers' license, but without the license, you can't legally drive to work to make the money to pay the debt.

This program is designed to wipe the slate clean or help those in judgment to arrange for more affordable payments and have their driving privileges restored.  Drivers eligible for this program include those who have been placed in judgment for failing to make surcharge payments or those in judgment who have already arranged a payment plan but are having difficulties making the payments.  Drivers with outstanding surcharges related to DUI or DWI convictions are not eligible for the incentive program.

There are approximately 273,000 drivers eligible for the incentive program.  Examples of the incentives being offered are longer payment plans and interest waivers.

Drivers who receive a personalized letter need to contact the specific collection firm noted on the letter.

For more information, drivers with surcharge debt should visit the MVC website.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Seat Belts - Be sure to wear them!

New Jersey's seat belt law has changed yet again, effective immediately.  Under N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2(f) and (g), all occupants of a passenger automobile, including adults sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, must be wearing a seat belt while the vehicle is in operation.

[Note:  In NJ, "operation" means once the key has been turned in the ignition, even when the vehicle is not in motion.]

There are a few exceptions to this statute including for vehicles manufactured prior to July 1, 1966; people who have doctors' notes explaining that they cannot wear seat belts for medical reasons, passenger automobiles that aren't required to have seat belts under federal law, and passenger automobiles originally constructed with fewer seat belts than seats.

A new accompanying statute, N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2(n), establishes this new provision as a "secondary statute" under New Jersey traffic law.  The statute shall only be enforced, therefore, when the driver has been detained for some other suspected violation of law.

Each rear seat passenger in violation of the new statute who is over the age of eighteen shall be responsible for any fine imposed for his or her failure to wear a seat belt.
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