Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mayor Zimmer urges support of NJ legislation to qualify ridesharing and Uber in Hoboken

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Tuesday August 26, 2014

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Community: Statement From Mayor Zimmer Regarding Uber and Rideshare Services

Dear Horsey,

“Uber and similar companies offer a valuable transportation option that we want to make available to Hoboken residents and visitors,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Since April, I have been advocating to our State elected officials to ensure that this transportation option can operate safely and lawfully in our community. I am glad to hear that there is legislation pending before the State Senate and Assembly to address the issue. I urge the legislature to pass S2274/A3586 expeditiously so that we can safely and legally use these services which are so important to our residents. As mayor, I have an obligation to ensure the public safety of our community, and this new legislation addresses my concerns by ensuring that all drivers have safe driving and background records and proper levels of insurance in case of accidents.”

Mayor Zimmer’s letter to State legislators can be found at: www.hobokennj.org/docs/mayor/4-29-14-Letter-Zimmer-Stack-Garcia-Mukherji.pdf

The legislation introduced to address this issue can be found at: www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2274_I1.HTM

UberX and similar rideshare services in New Jersey use private vehicles for a commercial purpose but without a commercial license, which is against NJ Motor Vehicle Code Title 39 and Title 48 of the Revised Statutes. This is an issue that applies to these services across the entire State of New Jersey and is not specific to Hoboken.

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