TOMS RIVER – The way in which car buyers temporarily tag their newly-purchased vehicles changed drastically today as the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and various levels of law enforcement joined forces to announce and unveil the state’s new system for issuing electronic temporary vehicle registration tags. The eTemp Tag system better protects officers during routine traffic stops, is easily seen on vehicles and reduces the overall cost to dealerships.
Joined by representatives of the NJ State Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and the Toms River Police Department in the archway of the Lester Glenn Chrysler dealership, MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez called today’s announcement an important next step in the Christie Administration’s efforts to boost security and safety in the Garden State by doing all we can to assist law enforcement in their efforts to help law abiding citizens stay safe on our roadways.
“By giving officers the ability to run license plates, even temporary ones, 24-hours-a day, 7-days-a-week and from the safety of their patrol cars, we are providing them with yet another tool to help keep our roadways safe and reduce fraud and theft,” said Martinez.
Once the testing phase is complete and the system is up and running next week, officers who stop vehicles with temp tags will no longer have to get out of their cars to read the information handwritten on the tag and then contact the dealership that issued the tag to verify ownership. Officers will also be able to verify the vehicle’s registration number or insurance information with the new tags. The new eTemp Tags will also help the NJ Port Authority collect unpaid EZ Pass tolls.
What will be the most noticeable change to consumers is the placement of the new eTemp Tag on the vehicle. The tag, which will be instantly printed on-demand at the dealership at the time of purchase, will be mounted in the rear license plate holder. The poly paper used will hold up to the elements and will last well beyond the required 20 or 30 days.
Martinez noted that by placing the tag in the license plate holder instead of behind the glass of the rear window, which is oftentimes tinted, the information on the tag can be easily read by law enforcement.
“Approaching a vehicle on a traffic stop is one of the most dangerous actions troopers and police officers take on a regular basis. The more information that law enforcement has before walking up to that vehicle the safer we are, so the ability to check motor vehicle records with these new temp tags is a huge and welcomed improvement,” said Lt. Colonel Lou Klock, Deputy Superintendent of Field Operations for the New Jersey State Police.
The new eTemp Tags will also be more cost-effective for car dealerships than the paper ones that are being phased-out beginning today. Dealerships had to buy their paper supplies in bulk and then concern themselves with a secure way of storing them. Also, they were required to keep detailed logs every time one was issued.
“With seven dealerships, we were required to make many trips to our local motor vehicle agency to get supplies,” said Adam Kraushaar, President of the Lester Glenn Auto Group and host of today’s event. As a staple to the Ocean County area since 1956, Kraushaar is confident this new program will save him money and time in the long run.
Although the program went live for dealers this week, the MVC is allowing all dealerships with the old style tags to deplete their current stock until June 30. At that time, dealers will be required to stop using the old tags even if they still have stock on-hand.
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