5. a. No person shall operate a limousine, or any other passenger automobile, as defined in R.S.39:1-1, provided through a company or service which pairs a passenger automobile and a driver with a private customer to provide prearranged passenger transportation at a premium fare on a dedicated, nonscheduled, charter basis that is not conducted on a regular route, including, but not limited to, the use of authorized drivers of rental vehicles to provide such passenger transportation, in this State unless the person has a chauffeur endorsement. An owner of a limousine service, or any other company or service which pairs a passenger automobile, as defined in R.S.39:1-1, and a driver with a private customer to provide prearranged passenger transportation at a premium fare on a dedicated, nonscheduled, charter basis that is not conducted on a regular route, who permits the operation of a limousine, or any other passenger automobile provided through a company or service which pairs a passenger automobile and a driver with a private customer to provide prearranged passenger transportation at a premium fare on a dedicated, nonscheduled, charter basis that is not conducted on a regular route, by any person who does not hold a chauffeur endorsement shall be subject to a penalty of $500.
Actions to impose a penalty under this subsection shall be brought, and any such penalty shall be collected, in a summary proceeding pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). The Superior Court or any municipal court where the violation was detected, or where the defendant was apprehended, shall have jurisdiction to hear any action brought for violation of this subsection. Penalties imposed pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to those otherwise imposed according to law. All penalties collected pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall be forwarded as provided in R.S.39:5-40 and subsection b. of R.S.39:5-41. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense.
b.To qualify for a chauffeur endorsement, an applicant shall provide the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (hereinafter "the commission") with the applicant's name, home address, citizenship status, photographic identification, birth certificate, and such other information as the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (hereinafter the "chief administrator") may require.
c.The fee for the chauffeur endorsement shall be set by the chief administrator.
d.An applicant shall be required to submit proof that the applicant meets the medical standards for commercial drivers which are contained in 49 CFR 391.41.
e.An applicant shall submit to being fingerprinted by the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety or by agents appointed by, or under contract to, the division and shall also provide written consent to the performance of a criminal history record background check unless the applicant was previously fingerprinted and had a criminal history background check conducted as part of an application for a Commercial Driver License or a passenger endorsement under a Commercial Driver License or both. The chief administrator is authorized to exchange fingerprint data and photographic identification with and receive criminal history record background information results from the Division of State Police. The division shall inform the chief administrator if an applicant's criminal history record background check reveals a conviction of a disqualifying crime as specified in subsection g. of this section. The applicant shall bear the cost of fingerprinting and the cost for the background checks, including all costs of administering and processing the checks. As used in this section, "criminal history record background check" means a determination of whether a person has a criminal record by cross-referencing that person's name and fingerprint data with those on file with the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police.
f.No applicant shall be issued a chauffeur endorsement unless the applicant is 21 years of age or older.
g.An applicant shall be disqualified from obtaining a chauffeur endorsement if the applicant's criminal history record background check reveals a record of conviction of any of the following crimes:
(1)In New Jersey or elsewhere any crime as follows: aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault or endangering the welfare of a child pursuant to N.J.S.2C:24-4, whether or not armed with or having in his possession any weapon enumerated in subsection r. of N.J.S.2C:39-1, a crime pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.2C:39-3, N.J.S.2C:39-4, or N.J.S.2C:39-9, or other than a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense for the unlawful use, possession or sale of a controlled dangerous substance as defined in N.J.S.2C:35-2.
(2)In any other state, territory, commonwealth, or other jurisdiction of the United States, or any country in the world, as a result of a conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction, a crime which in that other jurisdiction or country is comparable to one of the crimes enumerated in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
h.If an applicant who has been convicted of one of the crimes enumerated in paragraph (1) of subsection g. of this section can produce a certificate of rehabilitation issued pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2007, c.327 (C.2A:168A-8) or, if the criminal offense occurred outside New Jersey, an equivalent certificate from the jurisdiction where the criminal offense occurred, the criminal offense will not disqualify the applicant from obtaining a chauffeur endorsement.
i.Nothing in this section shall be construed to require operators of taxicabs, hotel buses, buses employed solely in transporting school children or teachers, vehicles owned and operated directly or indirectly by businesses engaged in the practice of mortuary science when those vehicles are used exclusively for providing transportation related to the provision of funeral services, autobuses which are subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation or interstate autobuses required by federal or State law or regulations of the Department of Transportation to carry insurance against loss from liability imposed by law on account of bodily injury or death to obtain a chauffeur endorsement pursuant to subsection a. of this section.
j.The chief administrator is authorized to adopt regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to effectuate the purposes of this section.
k."Certification date" means the date on which the chief administrator certifies to the Governor that the Motor Vehicle Automated Transaction System (MATRX) is capable of accommodating the new chauffeur endorsement. The chief administrator shall make such certification when the MATRX system can denote the existence of the endorsement and can monitor and track the status of the endorsement on a person's driving record.
L.2009, c.325, s.5.