TITLE 13. LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY 13:20-37.1 Definitions
CHAPTER 20. ENFORCEMENT SERVICE
SUBCHAPTER 37. STANDARDS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES WITH ELEVATED CHASSIS HEIGHT
N.J.A.C. 13:20-37.1 (2013)
The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
"Chief Administrator" means the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
"Frame" means the main longitudinal structural members of the chassis of the vehicle or, for vehicles with unitized body construction, the lowest main longitudinal structural members of the body of the vehicle.
"Gross vehicle weight rating" or "GVWR" means the value specified by a manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single or a combination (articulated) vehicle.
"Lift" means any modification or alteration, other than load, of the chassis, suspension, body, rims, or tire size which elevates the height of a motor vehicle.
"Motor Vehicle Commission" or "Commission" means the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission established by section 4 of P.L. 2003, c. 13 (N.J.S.A. 39:2A-4).
"Original manufacturer" means any company engaged in the manufacture or assemblage of motor vehicles which comply with all applicable United States Department of Transportation regulations for delivery to the first purchaser.
"Original vehicle height" or "OVH" means the highest distance inclusive of the largest tires and highest suspension available as standard or optional equipment for the particular vehicle from the original manufacturer. The distance shall be measured from the lowest edge of the centerline of the operator's door with the door closed, or from the lowest point where the door would meet the body on vehicles without doors, or from the lowest point on the floor panel directly below the operator's position on vehicles designed without doors, to the level surface on which the unladen vehicle rests.
"Wheel track" means the shortest distance between the centers of the tire treads on the same axle. The widest distance shall be calculated on vehicles having dissimilar track widths.
Elevation of original vehicle height of motor vehicle restricted; elevated vehicle approval certificate; special windshield decal; inspection
(a) No person shall operate on any highway of this State any motor vehicle registered in this State whose original vehicle height has been elevated by modifying the tire or rim size from the manufacturer's specifications or by elevating the chassis, suspension or body from the manufacturer's specifications by use of "shackle lift kits" for leaf springs or by use of lift kits for coil springs or by use of blocks or by any other device or means without an elevated vehicle approval certificate issued by the Chief Administrator, except that an elevation of the original vehicle height resulting exclusively from an increase in tire diameter that does not exceed four inches or, for motor vehicles which have been modified for snowplowing purposes, an elevation of the front suspension from the manufacturer's specifications that does not exceed two inches, shall not be subject to the requirements of this subchapter.
(b) In order to receive an elevated vehicle approval certificate and a special windshield decal from the Chief Administrator, the owner or lessee of a motor vehicle whose original vehicle height has been increased by elevating the chassis, suspension, body, rims or tire size from the manufacturer's specifications shall comply with the requirements of this subchapter, and such elevated vehicle shall successfully pass inspection to verify that it complies with the requirements of this subchapter and does not possess any modifications or alterations that would affect the safe operation of the vehicle.
(c) In order to receive an elevated vehicle approval certificate and a special windshield decal from the Chief Administrator, an inspection of the vehicle to determine compliance with this subchapter shall be conducted by the Motor Vehicle Commission. Such inspection shall occur within 30 days after the elevation of the vehicle or registration or renewal thereof, whichever occurs first. All inspections required by this subchapter shall be performed at a site or sites specifically authorized by the Chief Administrator to perform the type of inspection and tests required by this subchapter. Any test or inspection conducted at any other location shall be null and void.
(d) In addition to determining whether a vehicle complies with the specific requirements of this subchapter, an elevated vehicle shall fail inspection if any of the modifications affect the safe operation of the vehicle; are improperly installed; degrade the structural integrity of the vehicle or any of its component parts; modify the geometric angles on critical components from original manufacturer specifications likely to result in component failure; create the danger of leaks, cracks, or chafing of brake lines; cause brake lines to be of insufficient length, size, or durability; or cause any component that affects the safe operation of the vehicle to be less effective or more likely to fail in the performance of its designed function.
(e) Vehicles subject to inspection pursuant to this subchapter shall comply with all other applicable safety and emissions inspection requirements imposed by law or regulation in addition to complying with the inspection requirements imposed by this subchapter.