Parking Placard Bill Passes Legislature Unanimously!

Hearts for Home Care Ambassadors show up to support an important parking placard bill for NJ staff and clients

In many of the state’s concentrated communities, parking has presented nurses and the state’s most medically fragile individuals with a sincere barrier to care. In many areas, caregivers must possess permits to drive and park legally in restricted areas. However, even with these permits, our nurses often receive tickets or even have their cars towed.

To address this issue, GAO worked with Assemblywoman Carol Murphy to introduce the Parking Placard Bill, which will enable health care workers to obtain parking placards that will allow them to park overnight on restricted streets, overtime at parking meters, and on college campuses.

The bill recently passed both houses of the legislatures unanimously, and now awaits Governor Murphy’s signature. This bill will take effect 18 months after it is signed into law.

We could not have done this without your advocacy! Thank you to the many New Jersey Hearts for Home Care Ambassadors who went above and beyond in advocating for this important bill, which will help our staff and clients and save our service offices from paying unnecessary tickets and fees.

 

NJ Legislature Addresses Parking Issues for Nurses

In many of the state’s concentrated communities, parking has presented nurses and the state’s most medically fragile individuals with a sincere barrier to care. In many cases, our nurses must possess a parking permit to park legally. However, even with these permits, our nurses often receive tickets or even have their cars towed.

During a recent conversation with Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, the Government Affairs Office (GAO) explained that nurses are reluctant to serve clients in these areas, which has led to recruitment and retention issues for BAYADA and other home care providers.

As a result, the assemblywoman introduced legislation A3683, which would allow home care providers to obtain parking placards, comparable to handicapped parking placards, from the Motor Vehicle Commission, for our nurses. We are currently waiting for the bill to be heard in the Transportation Committee.