The Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee will consider a bill on Thursday that resulted from a series of newspaper columns by the Star-Ledger’s Paul Mulshine. A-2254 was introduced by two legislators after Mulshine reported that New Brunswick towed the car of a Rutgers University student even though the car had a handicapped parking placard. The car was towed on a Saturday night, but since the towing company was closed on Sunday, Brown couldn’t retrieve her car and her medicine inside until Monday.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to legislate matters like this, but unfortunately the rights of the handicapped and consumers are not respected,” said Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Jersey City), a sponsor of the bill.
The bill prohibits towing of motor vehicles displaying wheelchair placards or license plates under certain conditions, requires clear signage for restricted handicapped parking zones, and requires 24-hour access to certain towed motor vehicles.