Parking confusion must stop!
Confusing markings still bait and switch residents…
As you know, the signage and curb markings in Hoboken are an absolute nightmare in most places. Some corners have no yellow paint, others have ambiguous markings, all with a similar result – a resident getting a parking summons. When will the city stop ill-communicating?
An anonymous Hoboken411 reader chimes in about the problem:
“Last week, I received a $54 ticket for parking within 25 ft of the crosswalk. I was parked on Adams Street and 12th. The car on the other side of the street was also ticketed. As you can see from the pictures, we are both behind the painted yellow curb. Yes, we are guilty but is it really fair to ticket cars when we are clearly behind the yellow curb? I know the city won’t paint the curbs 25 ft from crosswalks for all intersections in Hoboken because a) no money to pay for it and b) more importantly, the city counts on ticket revenue in its budget. It is just very frustrating to me as I’m sure other Hoboken residents feel the same who have also been ticketed for parking within 25 ft of the crosswalk. I know this issue has been raised before on 411, but I’m curious if any readers who have received similar tickets has had any luck fighting in court. I’m ready to pay the ticket but out of principle, I would like to fight it.”
Do you think it’s prime time for the city to get our corners “up to code?”
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Bait and switch
Over the past few days, I’ve received countless emails from residents about summonses received for crosswalk/intersection parking. Seems that the city is ramping up their ticketing blitz to raise revenue.
The general tone was “curb not properly marked,” or “no signs indicating parking is prohibited,” and “The city is purposely keeping residents uninformed…” and so on.
What is the law?
NJ State Law prohibits parking 25 feet from an intersection or crosswalk (39:4-138e) – and nowhere could I find in Hoboken’s City Code anything to contradict or supersede that. (Forgive me if I’m forgetful, as I recall at some point the length being reduced to 15 feet, or something similar – but cannot for the life of me find that information.)
As you know, many intersections have both yellow curbs, white stripes, etc. Some yellow curbs are faded or even non-existent. Additionally, there are no signs that clearly state “No Parking Here to Corner.”
In general, since the intersection areas are NOT clearly marked – many residents unaware of the specific law – inadvertently break it – and get fined accordingly. Is that fair? Maybe, maybe not.
Solving the problem
I suppose asking the current administration to do anything involving improving the parking laws, street signage, or resident communications might be a complete waste of time – so here’s a “to-do list” for the next Mayor of Hoboken:
- Clarify the parking law. Is it 25 feet or 15?
- Mark each intersection clearly (fresh yellow paint AND “no parking” signs) – eliminate ALL DOUBT whether the spot is legal or not.
Is this too difficult?