City testing new parking meters

4/5/2008:

What a coincidence. A few days after my April Fools joke about parking permits and meters, the city has begun testing a new system by the CVS/Barnes & Noble area on Washington between Newark St. and Observer Highway.

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City looks into raising parking revenue

hoboken-photoviolationmeter-test-cvs-barnes-and-noble.jpgIn this particular test of the “PhotoViolationMeter” solution from Photo Violation Technologies Corp., there’s an obnoxious terminal every two parking meters. Essentially, it takes a picture of your license plate, and issues an indisputable summons. There are some “bonuses” built in, such as a grace-period (but you still have to pay) and multiple payment methods.

From the developer: “The self-enforcing PhotoViolationMeter is beneficial for drivers and their municipalities. Drivers will love the user-friendly features on the PVM, such as the Every Way To Pay feature that allows drivers to pay with cash, credit cards, debit cards, and pay-by-phone. The Grace Period feature lets drivers who return to their vehicle slightly behind schedule to pay for the time they over parked instead of receiving an instant violation. Drivers paying with credit cards can choose the No-Fine feature, which will automatically bill the credit card when time on the meter is running low, eliminating the chance of the driver receiving a violation Self-enforcement as well as wireless real time auditing lightens the workload for enforcement officers. With its ability to detect the presence of a parked car, and fine vehicles that have not paid or overstayed, it is expected to bring in 5 times the revenue of traditional parking meters.”

Not too sure I like having these awful control panels up and down the entire street. And I’m wondering how long the “no-fine” feature will work? Can people leave their cars there all day and “feed the meter” automatically? What will the time limit be?

I stopped by city hall yesterday to track down Mayor Roberts or Paul Drexel for comment, but they had left for the day (it was like 3:30 – early dismissal?)

What do you think of this parking system?

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31 Comments on "City testing new parking meters"


truth1
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truth1
7 years 11 months ago

In the Hoboken system, you will pay more for more metered parking, with more taxes as well. The current situation requires the emphasis being put on reducing the city’s expenditures ❗

veggiespam
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veggiespam
7 years 11 months ago

It looks like the new parking meters are no longer there.

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”84817″][quote comment=”84756″]One or two machines per block, that accept coins, bills or credit cards, and print out a small receipt to put on the dash. [/quote]

Also goes by the catch phrase of “Pay and Display”.

Do the garages downtown currently take credit cards in the automated pay stations. I was there with a friend a while ago and the card slots were duct taped over, so very Hoboken.[/quote]
Supposedly the muni garage on 3rd and Hudson does. In fact, if you’re a monthly customer at 2nd and Hudson or 3rd and Hudson you can set up automatic payments from your credit card- but ONLY at 3rd and Hudson.

Let me just tell you all – If you think getting your money back from Empire Fitness is hard, I can’t imagine what you’d think when the city overcharges you and you have to go through that b.s. to get your money back. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend NOT auto paying anything to this city… Look at who runs this place! 😈

CharlieAParker
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”84756″]One or two machines per block, that accept coins, bills or credit cards, and print out a small receipt to put on the dash. [/quote]

Also goes by the catch phrase of “Pay and Display”.

Do the garages downtown currently take credit cards in the automated pay stations. I was there with a friend a while ago and the card slots were duct taped over, so very Hoboken.

homeworld
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”84786″][quote comment=”84756″]Why can’t Hoboken just use the parking meter system in place in most major world cities? One or two machines per block, that accept coins, bills or credit cards, and print out a small receipt to put on the dash. So simple. Gets rid of so many repair-prone unsightly meters. Less real cash to safeguard. Less meters to service.[/quote]

I never heard of this. So you park, get out of the car, walk down the block and get your receipt. Then you go back, and unlock your car and put the paper on your dash?[/quote]

You’ve seriously never seen a multi-meter? Everywhere from Point Pleasant to NYC has them.

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