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  • NJ A4573
  • Requires motor vehicle manufacturers doing business in New Jersey to establish motor vehicle emergency contact registry.*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires motor vehicle manufacturers that are engaged in the business of distributing vehicles in this State, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, to establish the "National Motor Vehicle Emergency Contact Registry" (NMVECR). The registry is to be capable of storing emergency contact information to be accessible by law enforcement officers. Under the bill, every new motor vehicle dealer and leasing dealer is required to allow a purchaser or lessee of a new motor vehicle to voluntarily register at the point of sale an emergency contact to be stored in the NMVECR. The information is to be available for the exclusive use of law enforcement and is not to be considered a public record. The bill provides that when a motor vehicle crash results in serious bodily injury, death, or incapacitation of a driver, rendering the driver unable to communicate, the law enforcement officer investigating the motor vehicle crash is required to attempt to locate an emergency contact by accessing the registry. The officer is also required, when practicable, to notify the emergency contact of the driver involved in the crash and inform the emergency contact of the hospital or other location at which the driver may be receiving medical treatment. A law enforcement officer is immune from civil and criminal liability resulting from: 1) any disruption or failure in Internet service which results in or prevents the officer from accessing the registry; 2) inaccurate or out-dated information contained in the registry; or 3) the inability of the officer to make contact, in good faith, with any designated emergency contact person. The bill also provides that a motor vehicle manufacturer, a new motor vehicle dealer, or a leasing dealer is immune from civil or criminal liability resulting from inaccurate or out-dated information contained in the registry or any disruption or failure of the system. The provisions of this bill apply to motor vehicles that are a 2020 model year or later and that are sold or leased on or after January 1, 2019.
Transportation, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly, Transportation and Independent Authorities
Senate Transportation Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/30/17 - (S-2966 and A-4573 added for consideration))  (on 6/1/2017)

Date Chamber Action Description
6/1/2017 Senate Transportation Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/30/17 - (S-2966 and A-4573 added for consideration))
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Transportation Committee
5/1/2017 Senate Transportation Hearing (19:00 5/1/2017 )
3/16/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (62-1-11)
3/6/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
3/6/2017 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (19:00 3/6/2017 )
2/13/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 62 1 17
Detail 3/6/2017 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Reported with Amendments 12 0 1