Panel to Hear Testimony Amid Reports of Unsafe Jitney Operation;
Infant Was Killed inRecent Tragedy Involving Jitney
(TRENTON) – The Assembly transportation panel will meet Monday in Hoboken to take testimony on the safety of jitneys amid reports that the vehicles have been operating unsafely.
In a tragicrecent incident in West New York, an 8-month-old girl was killed by a falling lamppost that was struck by a jitney whose driver, police said, was using his cell phone.
The panel will hear testimony from invited guests and the public on jitney safety.
It will also discuss a bill (A-3993) that would increase insurance requirements on operators of autobuses and require drivers of autobuses to possess a commercial driver license.
The measure is sponsored by Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), Angelica Jimenez (D-Hudson/Bergen), Marlene Caride (D-Passaic/Bergen), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen).
The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Stevens Institute of Technology’s Howe Center at 1 Castle Point Terrace in Hoboken. It will be held in the Bissenger Room on the 4th Floor.
The following bills will be considered:
Carroll/Bucco/Chiusano/McHose Dedesignates portions of Route 24.
Giblin/Wisniewski Concerns occupational safety and health for public employees of certain interstate authorities.
Webber/Oliver/Bramnick/Bucco/Carroll/Rumana Designates State Highway Route 53 as “Alex DeCroce Memorial Highway.”