Proposed New Jersey Bill Seeks In-Car Subscription Restrictions

Oct. 27, 2022

The bill was introduced in September by New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty. 

Oct. 27, 2022—A bill introduced last month in New Jersey wants to take action against in-car subscriptions. 

According to Jalopnik, Assembly Bill No. 4519 was introduced in September by New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D - Camden and Gloucester.) The proposed bill would make it illegal for automakers to, "impose subscriptions for safety and convenience features, if the components that enable them are already pre-installed in the vehicle," according to Jalopnik. 

"The provisions of this bill do not apply to any third-party service provider that offers features such as satellite radio or in-car Wi-Fi," states the bill. Features that are a "live" service or need to have an active investment and development from an entity would still be allowed to use the subscription model.

If enacted, the bill proposes a penalty of no more than $10,000 for the first offense and no more than $20,000 for an additional offense. Jalopnik reinforced that this bill is for subscription services only, meaning that one-time and post-sale charges would still be legal pursuits.  

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