Temporary Police Regulations issues
Hoboken temporary no parking signs – a very flawed system
Temporary Police Regulation “No Parking” signs have plagued residents and visitors alike forever.
This antiquated method of simply taping signs to poles or railings is riddled with problems – whether it’s drunks tearing them down, or blowing away in inclement weather. 100% of the time, however, the driver gets the shaft – sign or no sign. Hoboken411 reader “J” recounts his stressful and troubling experiences.
HPU doesn’t care if the signs are there or not – YOU SUFFER
“Hey, so I’m a resident of Hoboken and have been for over three years now. I own a car, and unfortunately have to deal with the ever evolving and confusing parking regulations. A few months ago I got a call that I was about to be towed when I was already en route to work (I ride a company van) to warn me that I was going to be towed. I actually moved my car that morning to avoid cleaning, and definitely saw no temporary signs. It was raining the night before, and it was a Monday morning, so there’s a good chance they fell apart or some kids ripped them down coming back from the bars. I was told “it wasn’t their fault and I’d be towed.” Even if a sign was ripped down you are still liable and can have your car towed… I was able to send a friend over.. and they saw that there were indeed pieces of tape on some gates. Luckily I got them to move my car with a spare key.
Anyway, this morning I noticed the same thing when I moved my car. Pieces of ripped tape… So I figured lets make sure. I give a call to the Parking utility and was told “I don’t know if you can park there..and if there’s tape… there may be a sign at some point..and you may be towed..”
Honestly, I feel like I’m living in a constant state of fear of being towed in this town. I have to check for TAPE? Ripped tape? And how is it on the driver?
This is such an awful policy, and I feel nobody has talked about this. This is yet another irritating aspect of trying to own a car in this town that constantly preys on their own tax paying citizens.
PS – I also constantly see the parking utility truck parked on a corner jutting out and making it impossible to see oncoming traffic.”
Looks like another notch in Ian Sacs belt of honor!
What can be done to improve this process?
Personally, I’ve experienced regular courtesy calls when my car is parked somewhere – and a “Temporary Police Regulation” sign goes up without my knowledge. The last time, the Hoboken Parking Utility was able to reach me via telephone – and give me the opportunity to move my car before towing. I was very thankful!
However, I’ve overheard other instances where cars needed to be moved – but city workers might have been unable to contact them for some reason or another (didn’t pick up, or the voice mail was full, etc.)
One Hoboken411 reader was the victim of a similar incident last weekend – and had to pay a summons and towing charge:
“I parked my car on Hudson between 11th and 12th in a Wednesday spot last week. On Sunday morning I found that my car had been towed and one of those temporary no parking signs for Saturday had been put up for the day before. I made my way to the police station and they said that the HPA usually calls residents to give them a chance to move their cars but I didn’t receive a call. I had to pay the ticket and the tow charge. Any idea if I can get restitution for this? The temporary no parking sign was not up when I parked there.”
Questions, observations, suggestions:
- I’ve overheard many instances where the driver was certain the sign wasn’t up 48 hours prior, as required. If you take the time to go to court – it becomes a “he said, she said” debate. How can we audit and ensure that this procedure is indeed maintained?
- Modernize: If anything, the city should begin automating the process. All car owners affected by these temporary regulations – should receive (upon opt-in) communications from the city via one or more methods. Whether it’s text message, email, or otherwise, it’d be nice to have constant reminders. You can set the frequency (i.e., every hour, four hours – an hour before you have to move it, etc.)
- What about a website with license plate numbers? Or an RSS feed where it only accepts updates with one or more plate numbers you choose? Can’t be that hard, right?
- How many of you have consistently received calls when your car was in one of these zones? How would you improve the process?
Share your thoughts in the comments section.