Freiman, Lopez & Murphy Bill allowing residents to use disability benefits to pay for transportation costs to governor
(TRENTON) – Recognizing the importance of equal access to transportation for residents with disabilities, a law sponsored by Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman, Yvonne Lopez and Carol Murphy would allow the use of disability benefits for pay some shipping cost.
Under the bill (A-1158 / S-1934), the Department of Social Services (DHS) would be required to authorize anyone receiving state and / or federal government benefits for temporary or permanent disability to use these services to pay for transport services of a registered transport network company.
Companies that fall into this category include Uber and Lyft, which are available in many communities in New Jersey and are often easier / faster to book and cheaper than taxis, and able to get passengers closer to their destination than taxi drivers. public transport.
The measure would require DHS to work with the Department of Transportation to develop a public awareness campaign to inform disability benefit recipients of their new transportation options.
After the legislation was unanimously passed by the Plenary Assembly on Monday, sponsors Freiman (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon), Lopez (D-Middlesex) and Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following joint statement :
“Almost 25 millions American adults have a disability that limits their ability to travel in one way or another, while 12-20% of them live in households without a vehicle. These restrictions make it difficult for people with disabilities to get to their appointments, visit friends and family, go to the store, and ultimately participate in our society.
“Whenever public transport and taxis are insufficient, residents with disabilities must be able to turn to other modes of transport. Now that many companies in the transportation network have worked to incorporate accessibility features, they can be an invaluable resource for people with disabilities.
“Allowing residents to use their disability benefits to pay for these services is absolutely essential to ensuring equitable access to transportation across our state. ”
After being passed by the full Senate, the bill now goes to the governor.
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