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Madden, Cruz-Perez Bill Allowing Veterans to Have Customized License Plates for Motorcycles Advances

Senator Cruz Perez and Senator Madden

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez allowing veterans in New Jersey for the first time to have customized license plates for their motorcycles cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The bill, S-1750,  would authorize the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to issue special license plates to veterans who own or lease motorcycles.  Anyone who is classified as a veteran under current law, presents a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and has been honorably discharged would qualify.

“I have been honored to work closely with veterans on this legislation and I know it will mean a lot to them when they can demonstrate unity with their fellow service members while on our roadways,” said Senator Madden. “Those who have served our country deserve the respect and recognition of their community and the state. By establishing these customized license plates for motorcycles are one way we can honor these brave men and women.”

“Veterans should be able to display their status when riding their motorcycles, just as they are able to when they drive their cars,” said Senator Cruz Perez. “This bill will allow veterans to purchase specialty plates for their bikes and ride with pride.”

Under the bill, the license plates would be authorized to bear the words “U.S. Vet” along with a design approved by the chief administrator. The bill would also allow the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran who is eligible to operate a motorcycle to retain the plates.

In addition, the chief administrator would notify motorists of the opportunity to obtain these plates by including a notice with all motorcycle registration renewals and by posting appropriate signs in all commission facilities and offices.

The chief administrator would promulgate rules and regulations governing the issuance and use of these special license plates.

The bill cleared the committee 11-0 and will now head to the full Senate for further consideration.