Wilson Bill to Protect Farmers from Faulty Equipment Advanced by Assembly Committee

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Whip Wilson to help protect farmers from faulty equipment was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-1812) extends the protections of the state’s vehicle lemon law to new motor vehicle farm equipment purchased or leased in New Jersey.
“Farming is vital industry for New Jersey, but it’s struggling against a tough economy and encroaching development,” said Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester). “Anything we can do to help protect farmers from extra costs is a good thing.”
The bill amends the new vehicle “lemon law” to extend the protections to new motor vehicle farm equipment purchased or leased in New Jersey. More specifically, the bill includes farm tractors under the types of motor vehicles covered under the terms of the “lemon law,” along with the existing categories of passenger automobiles, authorized emergency vehicles and motorcycles.
The bill references the definition of “farm tractor” as “every motor vehicle designed and used primarily as a farm implement for drawing plows, mowing machines, and other implements of husbandry.”
“Faming is New Jersey’s heritage, but it’s a difficult profession,” Wilson said. “Unforeseen costs from a faulty farm vehicle can be enough to devastate some farmers, so this is simply the right thing to do.”
The bill was released by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.