NJ May Privatize Roadside Assistance Program


roadside-assistanceMotorists who break down in New Jersey might have to pay for help. The state was considering replacing its free roadside assistance program with a private company that would charge to change a tire or charge a battery.

The Emergency Service Patrol has been in existence since 1994. Its team of 90 drivers operate Monday through Friday from 4 a.m. through 8:30 p.m.

The service was created to keep lanes clear and reduce congestion.

Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson said privatizing the service could free up as much as $12 million that the state gets annually from the federal government to run the program.

Simpson said the DOT will do a cost-benefit analysis of the program.

The NJDOT introduced Emergency Service Patrol tow trucks on November 20, 2006.

{CBS/Matzav.com Newscenter}