On January 6th, Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker introduced assembly bill A3657 that would require all bicycles to be registered with the DMV and display a license plate. If the owner is less than 15 years old the bill permits the parents to register the bicycle instead. Applicants would be required to divulge the year, make, color, weight, serial number, date of purchase, name and address of owner (or the parent if the owner is under 15), and the amount of sales tax paid on the bike.
The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the Sierra Club have both come out against this bill. The day after introducing the bill, Ms. Tucker promptly withdrew the bill from consideration.
Ms. Tucker was elected to the NJ State Assembly in 2008 in District 28.