1. As used in this act:
"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Insurance.
"Hospital expenses" means:
a. The cost of a semiprivate room, based on rates customarily charged by the institution in which the recipient of benefits is confined;
b. The cost of board, meals and dietary services;
c. The cost of other hospital services, such as operating room; medicines, drugs, anesthetics; treatments with X-ray, radium and other radioactive substances; laboratory tests, surgical dressings and supplies; and other medical care and treatment rendered by the hospital;
d. The cost of treatment by a physiotherapist;
e. The cost of medical supplies, such as prescribed drugs and medicines; blood and blood plasma; artificial limbs and eyes; surgical dressings, casts, splints, trusses, braces, crutches; rental of wheelchair, hospital bed or iron lung; oxygen and rental of equipment for its administration.
"Medical expenses" means expenses for medical treatment, surgical treatment, dental treatment, professional nursing services, hospital expenses, rehabilitation services, X-ray and other diagnostic services, prosthetic devices, ambulance services, medication and other reasonable and necessary expenses resulting from the treatment prescribed by persons licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to R.S.45:9-1 et seq., dentistry pursuant to R.S.45:6-1 et seq., psychology pursuant to P.L.1966, c.282 (C.45:14B-1 et seq.) or chiropractic pursuant to P.L.1953, c.233 (C.45:9-41.1 et al.) or by persons similarly licensed in other states and nations or any nonmedical remedial treatment rendered in accordance with a recognized religious method of healing.
"Motor bus" means an omnibus, as defined in R.S.39:1-1, except that "motor bus" shall not include:
a. Vehicles engaged in the transportation of passengers for hire in the manner and form commonly called taxicab service unless such service becomes or is held out to be regular service between stated termini;
b. Hotel buses used exclusively for the transportation of hotel patrons to or from local railroad or other common carrier stations including local airports;
c. Buses operated for the transportation of enrolled children and adults only when serving as chaperones to or from a school, school connected activity, day camp, summer day camp, nursery school, child care center, pre-school center or other similar places of education, including "School Vehicle Type I" and "School Vehicle Type II" as defined in R.S.39:1-1;
d. Any autobus with a carrying capacity of not more than 13 passengers operated under municipal consent upon a route established wholly within the limits of a single municipality or with a carrying capacity of not more than 20 passengers operated under municipal consent upon a route established wholly within the limits of not more than four contiguous municipalities within any county of the fifth or sixth class, which route in either case does not in whole or in part parallel upon the same street the line of any street railway or traction railway or any other autobus route;
e. Autocabs, limousines or livery services as defined in R.S.48:16-13, unless such service becomes or is held out to be regular service between stated termini;
f. Any vehicle used in a "ridesharing" arrangement, as defined by the "New Jersey Ridesharing Act of 1981," P.L.1981, c.413 (C.27:26-1 et al.);
g. Any motor bus owned and operated by the New Jersey Transit Corporation; or
h. Any special paratransit vehicle as defined in R.S.48:4-1.
"Noneconomic loss" means pain, suffering and inconvenience.
"Passenger" means any person occupying, entering into or alighting from a motor bus, except employees of the owner or operator of the motor bus while they are on duty.
L.1991,c.154,s.1; amended 1992,c.192,s.1.
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