governor says no motorist will be left stranded regardless of
ability to pay. On Wednesday, Gov. James E. McGreevey signed off
on a law that makes it easier for cash-strapped drivers to obtain
culminates an eight-year crusade by Terry Sandage, a sales manager
from Kansas City, MO, whose daughter was killed when a tow truck
driver left her stranded on a New Jersey road because she lacked
the $40 he demanded for services.
to New Jersey's Star-Ledger, the new law would require tow truck
operators to accept either cash, a credit card or a money order
for services. If a driver lacks any immediate form of payment,
the operator must tow a vehicle to their repair facility, if asked,
until payment can be arranged.
by Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn (D-Bergen), would make it illegal
for tow truck drivers to refuse a tow based on payment method.
It imposes a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 fine for
a second offense.