Reader Mail: Parking Authority Problems
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
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?”