Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-207.7 (2013)
39:4-207.7 Removal of motor vehicle unlawfully parked.
2. a. An eligible person with a disability may request a law enforcement officer to arrange for the removal and storage of a motor vehicle which is parked unlawfully in a parking space or zone which is restricted for use by a person with a disability. It shall be the obligation of the owner of the motor vehicle to pay the reasonable costs for the removal and for any storage which may result from the removal.
b.The removal of a motor vehicle under this section is subject to local ordinances concerning the regulation of that practice, including, but not limited to, the fees charged for the removal, notice requirements therefor, and the licensing of persons engaged in that practice.
c.The assessment of removal and storage costs against a person under this section shall be in addition to any other penalty assessed against the person.
If you did not have a valid placard hanging on your mirror, or a license plate that indicates disability, you are as guilty of the charge as anyone else. You are not really clear as to the circumstances here. Were you in a handicapped spot without your card hanging? Or did you request that a car be removed? Note that the law allows you to request the police to remove a car. It does not force them to listen to you or even to give a ticket. And basically, anyone can report a violation so a law allowing you to do so is not really all that helpful.
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