After a delay of nearly three years since a law was passed, the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission has finally figured out how to issue special parking placards to home health care workers.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel), required the MVC to issue parking privileges to home care service employees while they are at work.
“Making it easier for home health employees to find parking near their patients’ homes will ultimately help facilitate the provision of these crucial services,” Murphy said.
While the legislation passed unanimously in both houses and was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in 2018, it has taken MVC Chief Sue Fulton 33 months to implement the new law – missing the deadline by more than two years.
“I am pleased these placards are now ready to be issued to healthcare workers throughout our state who provide services to patients within the comfort of their own homes,” said Murphy. “The health and well-being of countless residents living with physical and mental disabilities depend on the care these employees provide.”
President Joe Biden nominated Fulton to serve as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense in April, but the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has not yet scheduled a confirmation hearing. In the meantime, Fulton remains in Trenton.
The yellow placards must be hung from the rearview mirror and can only be used while providing home health care. The new placards can be used in overnight parking reserved for municipal residents, in municipal parking lots, and at meters for up to 24 hours with no penalty.
“The NJMVC is pleased to support the state’s home health agencies and their caregivers in better access to parking, especially in congested urban areas and places where parking is limited,” Fulton stated. “As the population ages, more and more New Jerseyans are receiving care at home. It’s critically important for home health workers to be able to park legally, safely and efficiently to provide that care.”