3. Whenever an owner or operator of an omnibus, as defined pursuant to R.S.39:1-1, does not have a certificate of public convenience and necessity as required pursuant to R.S.48:4-3 and that owner or operator is convicted of an equipment violation pursuant to any provision in chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, or any regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, in addition to and independent of any fine or other penalty provided for under law, the court shall impose an additional fine of $150 on that owner or operator. The State Treasurer shall annually deposit the monies collected from the fines imposed pursuant to this section to the "Omnibus Safety Enforcement Fund" established pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2007, c.40 (C.39:3-79.23). The fine described herein shall not be deemed a fine, penalty, or forfeiture pursuant to R.S.39:5-41.
L.2007, c.40, s.3.