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Jitney operators in Ridgefield, Hudson fined

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PUBLIC SAFETY: A jitney bus operator in Ridgefield, another in Haledon and 13 in Hudson County were cited by state authorities last week for violating “Angelie’s Law,” which requires them to post public notices inside and outside their vehicles on how to report complaints and concerns.

All of the companies — except for NV Bus Service of North Bergen — was cited forone “non-compliant” vehicle and issued a violation notice that carries a $1,000 fine and $176.87 for the state’s investigative costs.

NV Bus Service was cited for three non-compliant vehicles and one driver who didn’t have the proper license for transporting passengers. It was fined $4,000 and charged $503.61 for investigative costs.

The list:

Boulevard Lines, Inc. Ridgefield
Hasan Tamimi Haledon

Emelys Transportation, LLC North Bergen
Community Lines, Inc. Jersey City
Azael Alvarado Jersey City
Walter Carranza Jersey City
Victor Lara aka VL Services North Bergen
Orlando Villanuevazurita West New York
Samuel Salgado North Bergen
Ekramy Elgendy Union City
Jose Rodriguez West New York
Luis Portalatinmendoza Union City
Joseph Transporte, Inc. Union City
Claudio Paguay West New York
NV Bus Service, Inc. North Bergen

Marina Transit Corp. Belleville
Amigo Transit, LLC Carteret

“Angelie’s Law” was enacted in New Jersey in memory of Angelie Paredes, who was killed in July 2013 in a crash in which a jitney driver was using his cell phone.

Autobuses operating on public roads and carrying up to 40 passengers must have interior and exterior notices directing passengers to report service complaints to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The Division’s telephone number must also be provided.

“All travelers using commercial autobuses must be assured of their safety, as the law requires,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “Companies operating these autobuses must be in full compliance with Angelie’s Law, and we will do all we can to make sure that these companies are protecting their riders by being in full compliance.”

“Each commercial autobus must post a notice informing riders of how to report service and safety complaints,” said Acting DCA Director Steve Lee. “This requirement, among others, is designed to protect the safety of both riders and the general public.”

Inspections were conducted by lead Investigator Roger Hines and Investigators Oscar Mejia, Jessica Lugo and Brittany Kieran.

The Hudson County Office of Consumer Affairs and the New Jersey State Police Motor Coach Compliance and Safety Unit participated in the inspections, with the cooperation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit.

To learn more about Angelie’s Law: http://njconsumeraffairs.gov/angelieslaw/

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