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Ridgefield Jitney Operator Cited By State

NJ authorities cited 17 jitney operators
NJ authorities cited 17 jitney operators Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

RIDGEFIELD, N.J.: A jitney bus operator in Ridgefield was one of 17 cited by state authorities last week for violating “Angelie’s Law,” which requires them to post public notices inside and outside their vehicles on how to report complaints and concerns.

All of the companies — except for NV Bus Service of North Bergen — was cited for one “non-compliant” vehicle and issued a violation notice that carries a $1,000 fine and $176.87 for the state’s investigative costs.

NV Bus Service was cited for three non-compliant vehicles and one driver who didn’t have the proper license for transporting passengers. It was fined $4,000 and charged $503.61 for investigative costs.

The list includes Boulevard Lines, Inc. of Ridgefield.

“Angelie’s Law” was enacted in New Jersey in memory of Angelie Paredes, who was killed in July 2013 in a crash in which a jitney driver was using his cell phone.

Autobuses operating on public roads and carrying up to 40 passengers must have interior and exterior notices directing passengers to report service complaints to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The Division’s telephone number must also be provided.

“All travelers using commercial autobuses must be assured of their safety, as the law requires,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “Companies operating these autobuses must be in full compliance with Angelie’s Law, and we will do all we can to make sure that these companies are protecting their riders by being in full compliance.”

“Each commercial autobus must post a notice informing riders of how to report service and safety complaints,” said Acting DCA Director Steve Lee. “This requirement, among others, is designed to protect the safety of both riders and the general public.”

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