(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex) and Gilbert “Whip” L. Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) to exempt prisoners of war and their spouses from paying certain service fees required by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) was released Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“This is a small gesture of gratitude for the great sacrifice made by our soldiers, particularly the ones who endured imprisonment during combat,” said Tucker, who chairs the committee. “The harsh realities they must have faced as prisoners of war are hard to imagine. This is one way to let them know that we have not forgotten their struggle and recognize their resolve and bravery.”
“Many soldiers who bravely answered the call of duty have suffered the severe consequences of enemy captivity while defending our country. The incredible sacrifice made by these soldiers and their families should not be forgotten,” said Wilson, who also sits on the committee. “Exempting these soldiers from having to pay these fees is a simple way to honor their service and courage.”
Under the bill (A-4141) prisoners of war, their spouses, or their surviving spouses are exempt from paying MVC vehicle registration fees in recognition of their service and sacrifice. The bill permits spouses of prisoners of war to obtain “P.O.W” license plates and expands the “P.O.W.” license plate fee exemption to include spouses and surviving spouses of prisoners of war.