2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 39 - Motor Vehicles And Traffic Regulation
Section 39:6-25 - Security Deposit
39:6-25. Security deposit
(a) If 20 days after the receipt of a report of a motor vehicle accident within this State which has resulted in bodily injury or death, or damage to the property of any one person in excess of $500.00, the director does not have on file evidence satisfactory to him that the person who would otherwise be required to file security under subsection (b) of this section has been released from liability, or has been finally adjudicated not to be liable, or has executed a duly acknowledged written agreement providing for the payment of an agreed amount in installments with respect to all claims for injuries or damages resulting from the accident, and in the event of an accident involving an automobile, required to have coverage for personal injury protection benefits pursuant to P.L. 1972, c. 70 (C. 39:6A-1 et seq.), has also reimbursed or has executed a duly acknowledged written agreement to pay an agreed amount in installments to reimburse the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund for the payment of all personal injury protection benefits the fund has made or shall make pursuant to section 7 or section 10 of P.L. 1972, c. 198 (C. 39:6-86.1 and C. 39:6-86.4) by reason of the failure of such person to have the requisite insurance coverage in effect, the director shall determine the amount of security which may be necessary in his judgment to satisfy any reimbursement, judgment or judgments for damages resulting from such accident as may be recovered against each operator or owner in view of the total insurance protection available to the injured party. The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall promulgate such rules as may be necessary to set forth those instances where deposit of security is necessary.
(b) The director may, within 90 days after the receipt of such report of a motor vehicle accident, suspend the license of each operator and all registrations of each owner of a motor vehicle in any manner involved in such accident, and if such operator is a nonresident the privilege of operating a motor vehicle within this State, and if such owner is a nonresident the privilege of the use within this State of any motor vehicle owned by him, unless such operator or owner or both shall deposit security in the sum so determined by the director; provided, notice of such suspension shall be sent by the director to such operator and owner not less than 10 days prior to the effective date of such suspension and shall state the amount required as security. Where erroneous information is given the director with respect to the matters set forth in paragraph (1), (2) or (3) of subsection (c) of this section, he may take appropriate action as hereinbefore provided, within 90 days after receipt by him of correct information with respect to said matters.
(c) This section shall not apply under the conditions stated in section 4 of this act nor:
(1) To such operator or owner, if such owner had in effect, at the time of such accident, a motor vehicle liability policy with respect to the motor vehicle involved in such accident;
(2) To such operator, if not the owner of such motor vehicle, if there was in effect at the time of such accident a motor vehicle liability policy or bond with respect to his operation of motor vehicles not owned by him;
(3) To such operator or owner if the liability of such operator or owner for damages resulting from such accident is, in the judgment of the director, covered by any other form of liability insurance policy or bond; nor
(4) To any person qualifying as a self-insurer under section 30 of this act, or to any person operating a motor vehicle for such self-insurer.
No such policy or bond shall be effective under this section unless issued by an insurance company or surety company authorized to do business in this State, except that if such motor vehicle was not registered in this State, or was a motor vehicle which was registered elsewhere than in this State at the effective date of the policy or bond, or the most recent renewal thereof, such policy or bond shall not be effective under this section unless the insurance company or surety company if not authorized to do business in this State shall execute a power of attorney authorizing the director to accept service on its behalf of notice or process in any action upon such policy or bond arising out of such accident; provided, however, every such policy or bond is subject, if the accident has resulted in bodily injury or death, to a limit, exclusive of interest and costs, of not less than $15,000.00 because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident and, subject to said limit for one person, to a limit of not less than $30,000.00 because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident, and, if the accident has resulted in injury to or destruction of property, to a limit of not less than $5,000.00 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident and if policy or bond is applicable to an automobile required to have coverage for personal injury protection benefits pursuant to P.L. 1972, c. 70 (C. 39:6A-1 et seq.), it shall include an amount to cover personal injury protection benefits as required by that act.
L. 1952, c. 173, s. 3; amended 1958,c.95,s.1; 1959,c.78; 1967,c.188; 1971,217,s.2; 1972,c.199,s.1; 1975,c.252; 1988,c.119,s.12.
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