1. a. Upon application by a person who has been certified by the Commissioner of Health as an Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance, the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall issue for the motor vehicle owned or leased by the applicant special vehicle registration plates bearing the letters "EMT-A." The plates shall also include the vehicle registration number and other markings or identification prescribed by law, including the "Tree of Life" insignia for an Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance in a design approved by the director. Only one set of special registration plates shall be issued to an applicant. The special plates shall be displayed only on the vehicle for which they were issued.
b. The special vehicle registration plates authorized by this section shall be issued upon proof satisfactory to the director that the applicant meets the condition specified in subsection a. of this section. A person who has been issued special vehicle registration plates under this section shall return the special plates when that person no longer meets the qualification in subsection a. of this section.
c. The fee for the motor vehicle registration plates issued under this section shall be $25, in addition to the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles.
d. A person who violates a provision of this section shall be fined $50.
e. The director may adopt rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), governing the issuance and use of the special vehicle registration plates authorized by this section.