Reader Mail: Parking Authority Problems

4/10/2008:

Hey City Council members.. Have any solutions to this prevalent problem? I’ve suggested things in the past like uh, calling or emailing residents that a no-parking zone has been issued near their car? How difficult is that?

Anyway, Hoboken411 reader Brian had this horrible incident happen to him this week. I’m telling ya, the city is gouging us, and stealing our money. Tsk, tsk.

Another HPA horror story

hoboken-no-parking-signs-installed-after-cars-parked.gif“Dear 411,

I had the displeasure this morning of finding out my car had been towed by the Hoboken Parking Authority. I parked it near the intersection of First and Harrison Streets on Sunday evening across from a construction site. I made a point to make sure there weren’t any of those temporary “No Parking” signs on any of the telephone polls as they were there a few weeks earlier and had been removed. IF THEY WERE THERE I WOULD NOT HAVE PARKED IN THE SPOT.

This morning as I left for work I noticed a truck parked where my car had been. I went over and looked at the telephone poll and there now was a temporary “No Parking” sign that was actually “backdated” to this past Friday. Apparently this sign was posted some time in the morning on Monday and my car was subsequentlt towed at 10:30 am. As a consequence of this circus I was a couple hours late for work, spent $105 in towing fees, and have a $25 ticket to pay or the choice of whether or not I want to fight this in court and miss a day of work.

Apparently I was not the only person affected by this creativity on the part of the Parking Authority as the guy at the towing place said THEY TOWED THREE other cars as well. I would love to speak to these people too.

My question is what kind of fairness is there in this town when city employees can just throw a piece of paper on a telephone poll, have your car towed and force you to pay them $130 or face a day in court and miss a day of work? What kind of supervision is being done that allows such behavior? If the sign was posted last week and removed by some kids or whomever what is the point of having these temporary signs posted in the first place?”

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28 Comments on "Reader Mail: Parking Authority Problems"

rao611
Member
rao611

Back in September of 2006, my car was booted and given a ticket for being parked on the residential side of the street. My current parking decal was plainly displayed, so I called the parking authority and they advised me to take pictures of the decal and the boot, which I did, and then go to court. In the meantime, i still had to pay the $130 to get the boot removed. Long story short, after TWO days off from work to go court, they erased the parking ticket and refunded me the $130…in February of last year. They called in the Parking attendant who wrote the ticket and he claimed he didn’t see the sticker. He was wearing some of the thickest prescription glasses I’d ever seen. The judge questioned him on his vision, which he admitted wasn’t the best. I’d advise anyone to take ALL of their parking tickets to court. 😈

mikep123
Member
mikep123

Hi my name is Mike and I was also towed at First and Harrison this week! I was totally shocked because there was no sign up when I had parked there. I would never have parked there if there was a sign. It was a huge waste of my time to get my car out of impound. I would be a part of a letter to the town if someone were writing one.

dirtyjerz
Member
[quote comment=”77474″][quote] I had developed websites in that past and had thought about building a website where people could sign up and enter their home address and they would get notified of no parkings within an X block raduis. I dont know if I could get the city on board but most of the no parkings are put in by contractors. The cool thing would be if they could text use text messaging or internet on a cell phone to enter in no parking locations. My thought was when they enter in an address close where soeone is set up to be notified they would get an email or text message. Most contractors like to keep a low profile so if there was a simple way for them to do this I am sure they would be on board. If only I had enough time to build it… [/quote] Personalt – that’s a great idea and I don’t think it’d be all that expensive or timely to build (but I know you don’t have time to do it- but neither do I -lol). But I doubt that HPU or Corea would get onboard because a) it would mean additional work for him, and b) it might actually cause people to move their cars thereby costing them revenue. Yes – people are responsible for looking after their own cars but dirtyjerz brought up a great point when he talked about being tired from work. The citizens of Hoboken are a hardworking… Read more »
wpgrant
Member
wpgrant

An issue I have with these improper tickets is you can fight the $30 ticket but that doesn’t get you money back for your $200 tow/boot.

I had the recent ‘pleasure’ to deal with one of the towers and they were extremely rude. An illegal parking sign was the culprit, and we later found out the thing was on the ground. I guess we should have looked on the ground for a sign.

Another time, a friend’s car was flooded and would not start. I called HPU and we were instructed to post a sign in the back-left window indicating it was flooded and would be towed within the hour. She STILL got ticketed. (We fought that one out of prinicple and won easily, but it would be nice to have someone drop the ticket when they realize the goof.)

I’m glad I have covered parking in Hoboken. It’s hard not to believe everyone involved in parking in Hoboken isn’t a crook.

stevens32
Member
stevens32
[quote] I had developed websites in that past and had thought about building a website where people could sign up and enter their home address and they would get notified of no parkings within an X block raduis. I dont know if I could get the city on board but most of the no parkings are put in by contractors. The cool thing would be if they could text use text messaging or internet on a cell phone to enter in no parking locations. My thought was when they enter in an address close where soeone is set up to be notified they would get an email or text message. Most contractors like to keep a low profile so if there was a simple way for them to do this I am sure they would be on board. If only I had enough time to build it… [/quote] Personalt – that’s a great idea and I don’t think it’d be all that expensive or timely to build (but I know you don’t have time to do it- but neither do I -lol). But I doubt that HPU or Corea would get onboard because a) it would mean additional work for him, and b) it might actually cause people to move their cars thereby costing them revenue. Yes – people are responsible for looking after their own cars but dirtyjerz brought up a great point when he talked about being tired from work. The citizens of Hoboken are a hardworking lot… Read more »
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