Intersection parking confusion
Today’s parking entries might piss a lot of people off. We’ll start it off slowly, with a reader mail segment (along with my own personal experience), and then you’ll see a chunky nugget after this.. that should make you steaming mad.
A Hoboken411 reader parked her vehicle in the last spot on the street and received an intersection parking ticket:
“Here’s what I came out to this morning.(apparently given on sat. at 8.30 am), a 54 dollar ticket for parking within 25 feet of a crosswalk. I left plenty of room to handle the fire hydrant (and the entire intersection was flooded when I parked, so I doubt you could even see any lines on the curb)–a great infrastructure we have here. This is really obscene. You can see the little white lines on the other side of the street–supposedly HPU is marking where it’s really ok to park, but I leave that to you to figure out. Peter Cunningham had sent an email about this a few weeks ago.”
I myself received not one, but TWO similar tickets last week (they were nice enough to fold them together.) The bumper was essentially on the line. Sure, I could have moved up 2 more inches, but then the guy ahead of me would have had a harder time getting out. Just being considerate.
City Hall needs to clearly indicate what the hell is going on. There are no signs that say which line is correct. “Parking on or past the stupid little white line is an ordinance violation” or “you must clear this line by 6 inches, ON the line doesn’t count.” And it’s about time they ELIMINATED those lines entirely, and neatly painted each and every curb with new super-bright reflective yellow paint. This MacGyver crap has to stop. And is the rule bumpers, or tires? Is it where the line starts, or where it ends? Does “touching” the line count?
The best bet, in my opinion, is to put a friggin sign EXACTLY where the line is. “Any part of your vehicle beyond this sign results in summons.” Clean it up already, damnit!