2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 39 - Motor Vehicles And Traffic Regulation
Section 39:8-66 - Procedures For Conducting Test Methods.
39:8-66 Procedures for conducting test methods.
8. a. The commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation, shall establish procedures by which test methods established pursuant to section 3 of this act shall be conducted in the periodic inspection program and in the roadside enforcement program.
b.The commission, in consultation with the Department of Transportation and with the approval of the Attorney General, may, by rule or regulation, require that personnel from, and agents of, the commission and the Department of Transportation, and personnel from the Division of State Police, who perform the test methods utilized in the roadside enforcement program, and licensees and persons employed by licensees who perform the tests and test methods utilized in the periodic inspection program in accordance with the provisions of section 11 of this act, be trained to do so and be examined, periodically if the rule or regulation so provides, to ensure that their training and competence are adequate. Testing in the roadside enforcement program may be conducted by personnel from the commission, or the Division of State Police, or by agents appointed by or under contract with the commission.
c.The commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall designate one or more test methods among those established pursuant to section 3 of this act that shall be utilized in the roadside enforcement program established pursuant to section 6 of this act. The commission, in consultation with the Department of Transportation and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall establish a form or forms upon which the results of these designated tests or test methods shall be reported in the ordinary course. The form shall contain a statement or statements establishing the following: the type of test performed; the result achieved; that the person completing the form is the person who performed the test; that the tester has been certified by the commission as having adequate training and competence to perform the test; that the tester is an employee or agent of the State and was acting in an official capacity when the tester performed the test; and any other information that the commission may prescribe. The form shall contain a certification subscribed by the person performing the test and certifying that that person did perform the test in a proper manner and believes the test results to be valid and accurate. The presentation of a form prepared in accordance with the provisions of this subsection to a court by any party to a proceeding shall be evidence that all of the requirements and provisions of this subsection have been met and that the form has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. The form shall be admissible evidence as proof of the statements contained therein in any civil penalty proceeding brought pursuant to the provisions of this act or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto. A copy of the form shall be served, if practicable, with the complaint and summons upon the defendant or the defendant's agent for service of process; and, in any event, shall be served upon such person at least 20 days before the hearing. Whenever the form is served upon a defendant or a defendant's agent, together with the complaint and summons, the law enforcement officer serving the form shall execute and file with the court a proof of service on a form prescribed by the Administrative Director of the Courts and in a manner consistent with the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey. The form shall not be admissible if it is not served at least 20 days before the hearing, provided that the court, upon a showing of good cause and that the defendant is not prejudiced, may postpone the hearing, subject to the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.
d.A roadside inspection of a diesel bus to enforce standards adopted pursuant to section 3 of this act shall be conducted only in conjunction with a roadside safety inspection that is conducted pursuant to law, rule or regulation.
L.1995,c.157,s.8; amended 2003, c.13, s.81.
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