NJ lawmaker proposes law to require license plates on bicycles

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Last week, New Jersey Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker, introduced legislation that would require all bicycle owners in the state to register their bikes with the Motor Vehicle Commission and pay a $10 annual fee.

The requirement would apply to both adults and children, although parents or guardians could handle the registration for those under 15 years of age.

The license plates would be required when riding on any public property, such as a sidewalk or street, anywhere in the state.  Owners that fail to comply with the proposed law would be fined up to $100.

Tucker said that she proposed the legislation because she was told by some senior citizens that they had been hit by bicycle riders, but had no way to report them to the police without any identification. NJ.com attempted to talk to Tucker about the bill, but her office voicemail box was full.

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