New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs

State: 
New Jersey
Jurisdiction: 
New Jersey
Agency: 
Dept. of Community Affairs
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Inspection Program: 

Annual inspection required. Spot checks are performed throughout the season. Set-up inspections are done at most carnival sites. State inspects each ride approximately 3 times per year.

Investigative Authority: 

State inspectors are authorized to investigate accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Serious accidents and those requiring immediate first aid. (reporting criteria changed in 2003; prior to change, owner/operators were required to report any injury)

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Riders to comply with posted warnings and directions
(a) Each individual who rides a carnival-amusement ride shall comply with written warnings and directions posted by the operator of the carnival-amusement ride according to these rules. These include:
1. Height, weight, and size restrictions, if any, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-9.34;
2. Rider warning signs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-9.34;
3. Rider conduct signs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-9.33; and
4. Any other signs or warning posted by the operator with the express intent to protect the safety and well being of riders, equipment and operators.

Riders under the influence of alcohol or drugs
(a) A rider shall not board or attempt to board any amusement ride if he/she is knowingly under the influence of any alcoholic beverage as defined in N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 or under the influence of any prescription, legend drug or controlled dangerous substance as this term is defined P.L. 1970, c. 226 (N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et al.) or any other substance which affects the rider’s ability to use the ride safely and to abide by the posted and stated instructions.

Special Conditions: 

Dark rides are inspected annually and at each setup by the local fire official for compliance with Uniform Fire Code.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008