End 4 hour parking?
Is it time to end 4 hour parking in Hoboken?
- First and foremost – revenue for city lackeys.
- Under the guise that whatever “rule” is benefiting society in some way.
This includes the 4 hour parking rule.
Most rules when put forth for approval for adoption into the city code – are typically “justified” in some way, shape or form. Whether it’s “studies,” reports or other kind of backup, those campaigning for the new rules have to successfully sell it (or have a “majority” on the council to push whatever shoddy bullshit through with no opposition).
We think the 4 hour rule needs to be either eliminated entirely – or dramatically scaled back.
Why is the 4 hour parking rule stupid?
Besides the unnecessary financial rape if violated, the 4 hour parking rule is just not realistic. For many reasons.
[And before we get started – there is still some ambiguity regarding what “4 hours” means. Back in the day, before digital license plate capture devices (thanks for nothing, technology), the 4 hour parking rule meant “parking in one place for 4 hours.” Old fashioned tools cops and meter maids used to use included CHALKING the tires.
Today, apparently – the “4 hours” means – FOUR HOURS WITHIN THE BORDERS OF HOBOKEN. Meaning if you park downtown and shop for three hours, then you cannot park uptown and have dinner for another three hours with friends without risking a costly ticket (or worse, tow or boot). Part of me says this is completely illegal, and some crafty lawyer out there should consider a class-action against the city – for all those who received summonses like I described.]
But the 4 hour parking rules is JUST TOO SHORT.
While the city drools at the “shooting fish in a barrel” prospects of an easy revenue stream – this has many downsides for the real world.
It creates MORE traffic and congestion. Forcing hundreds of cars to frequently have to move around goes against the “green” image the city wants you to believe.
It hurts businesses. Sure, Washington Street should have short-term parking for shoppers. That makes sense there only. Although that is a entirely different quagmire as most business owners park there anyway. A story for another day. But encouraging visitors to stay longer can only help the bottom line of small businesses.
Why would eliminating or extending the 4 hour parking rule help?
For one, I believe it would make visiting the city that much more enjoyable for visitors. Removing the stress and worry about time-limits would help the overall mood. If the city wants to improve their image – this is an ideal starting point.
Most cars would be coming or going – not swimming like sharks.
The 4 hour parking rule, should ideally just be eliminated altogether. You’re not going to have a sudden influx of cars staying parked forever. They still have to move once a week for street cleaning.
But at the very least – a 48 hour limit is bearable (many cities in NJ have similar parking limits). This would help weekend visitors a lot as well.
Imagine as word got out “Yeah, we can park without hassle in Hoboken – let’s go visit Jim this weekend!”
Another benefit would be you could probably cut staff at the HPU as well. Less overhead, potential employment lawsuits, etc. Win – Win!
It just seems so fucking stupid to PUNISH (read: ROB) people who want to frequent your city.