Something wrong with this picture?
Hoboken411 reader Ross wants YOU to decide whether he rightfully received his parking summons for “parking on the sidewalk.”
Is this Hoboken car parked illegally?
“I’ve been a resident of Hoboken for just over a year now and while the quality of people, restaurants, bars, shops, and events in this town have been impressive, there is one thing that is bugging me…
I am one of the lucky residents: I have a driveway. In fact, the apartment was advertised with a 2 car driveway. My roommate and I have parked our cars one behind the other each night without issue for over 6 months, that is, until earlier this month.
On the morning of March 11th, while I was fast asleep at 2:55am, I was in fact breaking the law. I was parked on a sidewalk according to an officer of the city of Hoboken who shall remain anonymous.
Now, normally I would just pay off the ticket, however I don’t believe I am guilty in this instance. I took the attached photo the morning of March 11th after I found the summons on my windshield. Notice that my car is actually leaving plenty of space on the sidewalk. And even if you argue that maybe that isn’t enough space, notice that just a bit further down the sidewalk, my building’s stairs are actually blocking the sidewalk more than my car!
So my court date is fast approaching and I haven’t yet pleaded guilty because a lot rides on this. If in fact this is truly illegal, then I will have to give up my driveway spot, or face paying a parking ticket every few months. So before I go and fight this, I wanted to know what the Hoboken411 community’s opinion was. Am I being wrongfully accused by an overzealous officer who’s part of a corrupt government that’s out of control, or am I in fact breaking the law?