Commercial vehicle parking crackdown

8/31/2009:

Ticketing for dollars in Hoboken

Do you own, operate or park a vehicle with commercial plates in Hoboken? If so – I’d suggest you find somewhere else to park it tonight!

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Even though dozens of commercial vehicles can be seen parked on Hoboken’s streets overnight on any given day of the week – it’s technically illegal to park them between the hours of 8pm and 8am (ordinance 190-5).

In an effort to drum up revenue – Hoboken Police have been instructed to issue summonses to ALL commercial vehicles parked on our streets tonight.

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19 Comments on "Commercial vehicle parking crackdown"

plywood
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plywood

Before the dam breaks, let me say I was kidding with the last sentence,

plywood
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plywood
Maybe personal and commercial cars of residents should be permitted the same way and charged for permits for the length of the vehicle by the foot.Commercial parking is a bit involved. Many contractors I have dealt with will find a spot near where they are working. Knowing they are to return the next day to remove a lot of debris or equipment or whatever, they leave the company truck with commercial plates in a legal spot for the night and take a ride home in another worker’s car so they don’t need to circle for an hour looking for a 25 foot long spot the next day or more likely double park for they day the next day. I guess people think the contractor is tying up a resident’s spot but put it in context and consider the likely alternatives. Maybe an overnight one day parking permit should be swiftly available for $100 or something. Another scenario, a contractor with a Forester for example has one car that they use for both “work” and “commuting” (this is more the rule than the exception) . Do they need to rent a spot somewhere for the commercial vehicle to change it out for the ride home in their “commuting” vehicle? How much sense does it make to force this business operator to keep two cars on the road? Or just use their personal vehicle for commercial purposes. Whoops, that’s illegal for many lines of employ too. Should we ticket UPS / FedEx… Read more »
realstuff
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realstuff

These incidents of police errors should be reported to the new police chief. Give him a chance to improve their performance. Additionally, inform the acting Mayor so that she can offer assistance to the new chief in doing a professional job. Communication can lead to correction…the complaining has to be done the right way….realstuff works…..

strand tramp
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strand tramp
after living here for 15yrs and seeing first hand the attitudes of the average HPD officer i feel strongly that the HPD as an organization holds the residents in contempt. they shrug off residents requests by saying that they have REAL crime to attend to..but while i agree there is REAL crime in hoboken they do nothing about it. there is no sweep of drug dealers, there is no sweep of dangerous cabs in the last couple years…how about the illegals living at taxpayers expense in the projects? there is ZERO community relationship with the HPD. considering they fleece the taxpayers and are a NATIONAL laughing stock it is not surprising they have no pride in their dept, no pride in their community and no pride in their jobs. how many HPD lawsuits are pending today? the officers are constantly suing the DEPT and their union is ALWAYS trying to shake down the city. i doubt the new chief will have any effect whatsoever. “hello HPD? yes i just found my car window broken and my property damaged and stolen…” “and what would you like us to do about that sir?” “pardon me officer, there’s a homeless guy sleeping in the doorway…” “oh? is he bothering you? where do YOU live?” “hello HPD, yeah there are 5 guys sitting on boxes on the corner 1st and Willow drinking liquor out of brown bags and cursing at everyone that walks by…” “yes sir well they can’t afford all the bars in… Read more »
newjerseydevil
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newjerseydevil

Instead of targeting commercial vehicles, why don’t they charge the thousands of illegally parked cars on the street? These cars make the streets extremely dangerous as its very difficult to see at intersections. Walk up to any corner in Hoboken and I can guarantee that at least 3 of the corners have a car parked illegally. I count the corners on the way to the PATH each morning and about 75% usually have cars parked in crosswalks or yellow curbs. There are even cars parked on corners less than a block from the police station.

This is as much about safety as it is about generating revenue.

Caffeine
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Caffeine

This is as much about safety as it is about generating revenue.

I agree. A couple of weeks ago, I asked a young police officer who was overseeing a construction site if he could also give out tickets to the drivers who were either running the stop sign and/or using a cell phone while driving…just a few yards away from him.

“No, that’s not my job,” he said.

In response to newjerseydevil who said:
Instead of targeting commercial vehicles, why don’t they charge the thousands of illegally parked cars on the street? These cars make the streets extremely dangerous as its very difficult to see at intersections. Walk up to any corner in Hoboken and I can guarantee that at least 3 of the corners have a car parked illegally. I count the corners on the way to the PATH each morning and about 75% usually have cars parked in crosswalks or yellow curbs. There are even cars parked on corners less than a block from the police station.

This is as much about safety as it is about generating revenue.

newjerseydevil
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newjerseydevil

Bottomline – The police in this town are not held accountable for anything. In my experience, most if not all of them are incompetent and I would not trust them in an emergency. That’s a sad thing to say in a town with taxes as high as ours.

In response to Caffeine who said:
This is as much about safety as it is about generating revenue.

I agree. A couple of weeks ago, I asked a young police officer who was overseeing a construction site if he could also give out tickets to the drivers who were either running the stop sign and/or using a cell phone while driving…just a few yards away from him.

“No, that’s not my job,” he said.

hobposer
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hobposer
You hit the nail on the head!!! I always see the HPD going down Wash and they put on sirens to get you to move? I mean technically a law has been broken so why let them get a break? I don’t double ever because I hate those that do, they are dangerous!! I find a spot and walk. If you see a double parked car, just write a summons, if you do this for a month eventually word gets out and nobody does it. I live near Robongyi. All the deliver guys there and great wall and wild ginger double all day long, it is very annoying. I think the town should ban vehicles for deliveries of any kind? Our town is so small, just ride a bike. They ride bikes in city, so why can’t they ride here. I am going to a council meeting and going to bring this up In response to newjerseydevil who said: Instead of targeting commercial vehicles, why don’t they charge the thousands of illegally parked cars on the street? These cars make the streets extremely dangerous as its very difficult to see at intersections. Walk up to any corner in Hoboken and I can guarantee that at least 3 of the corners have a car parked illegally. I count the corners on the way to the PATH each morning and about 75% usually have cars parked in crosswalks or yellow curbs. There are even cars parked on corners less than a block… Read more »
plywood
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plywood
PS – Can we give the yammering on about bikes vs cars a moratorium? I don’t think anyone in Hoboken is intentionally getting behind the wheel and driving 6 or 10 blocks to end up circling around their destination looking for a spot. There are bona-fide reason for many people in many situations to own and drive a car! As dangerous as it is, many of us take to a bike instead of driving whenever it makes sense. Cars and bikes fill different functions. Delivery personnel don’t need to be legislated onto bicycles. Rainy days are okay to drive then? What legally constitutes a rainy day? Or too cold. Or too hot. As posts by others suggest, let’s not turn this into a “judgement call” too! Let’s make money the old fashioned way. In response to midtownauthentic who said: You hit the nail on the head!!! I always see the HPD going down Wash and they put on sirens to get you to move? I mean technically a law has been broken so why let them get a break? I don’t double ever because I hate those that do, they are dangerous!! I find a spot and walk. If you see a double parked car, just write a summons, if you do this for a month eventually word gets out and nobody does it. I live near Robongyi. All the deliver guys there and great wall and wild ginger double all day long, it is very annoying. I think the… Read more »
Caffeine
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Caffeine

I called the cops last week on a Sysco truck that was unloading right in front of the bus stop on Washington and 1st during morning rush hour. The driver and his assistant made it clear that they were in no hurry. Which was great, because that gave me time to copy down the license plate.

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