TRENTON, N.J. – Vehicles owned by local nutrition programs for seniors as well as other nonprofits that provide social services may soon be exempt from paying registration fees.
The General Assembly on Thursday passed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A1476) that would exempt vehicles owned by a program that is a member of Meals on Wheels America. The bill also covers other nonprofits that provide social services to New Jersey residents, including addiction services and mental health and behavioral services. Exempted vehicles may be used only in connection with charity work.
“Meals on Wheels America plays a significant role in caring for our state’s most needy seniors, not only providing food but companionship and care,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “Other nonprofits such as American Red Cross and Girl Scouts enjoy motor vehicle registration fee exemptions. With the cost of food and fuel rising, now is the time to provide any cost savings we can to this important program.”
Meals on Wheels operates on a city or county basis throughout New Jersey, delivering tens of thousands of meals weekdays to homebound seniors ages 60 and older. The programs ask seniors to make a small donation toward each meal, but federal aid or private donations cover most costs.
Weight class and vehicle type determine the cost of registration, which ranges from $46.50 to $84 annually.
“The impact to the Motor Vehicle Commission’s bottom line in exempting these vehicles is miniscule,” Dancer added. “However, freeing up that money for Meals on Wheels and other important social services nonprofits is priceless.”