Temporary no parking scam?

6/16/2010:

It’s always been my understanding, that if you pay for a temporary no-parking sign in Hoboken – that they’re placed at the designated locations with plenty of advance warning – and are enforceable by ticket and tow.

New Hoboken resident Laura had a different experience this month – has anyone else noticed a change?

Money paid for signs wasted due to non-enforcement

“I feel like new residents to the Hoboken area should be aware of what a scam temporary parking permits are.

I just moved to Hoboken recently (6/12). Paid for 3 parking spots for 8 hours directly in front of my apt to which a neighbor parked directly in front of my buidling. I had these spots from 12-8 PM and it cost me $45.

I called the police at 1 PM. They said there was only 1 guy to do the towing.

I called the police back at 3 PM since the car was still there and told me they would send someone right away. This I don’t know if it happened because I left the apt to go back to my other place.

I called the Parking Utility on Monday to mention this where the bitter employee could only tell me 6 times that my money is nonrefundable & I would have to call the towing company to find out if this person ever got towed. I was told the previous week when I went down to City Hall during my lunch hour that the police would respond right away to enforce this.

I even have digital photos with the license plate #s and was told this was a resident who lived across the street! These signs were posted from Wed, 6/9!! This is a terrible welcome to the neighborhood from both the neighbor & the city.

Others moving here should be warned not to waste their time or money.”

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11 Comments on "Temporary no parking scam?"

blaueaugen
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blaueaugen

yup parking in this town sucks big donkey dick…you have to be extremely lucky not to get a ticket or get towed. it’s happens to everyone sooner or later…blame the shitty gov’t and police force, which don’t give a f*ck about anyone but themselves

xtreme
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I wanted to share an experience of mine with regard to these temporary passes which happened this past Memorial Day. I left for the weekend at 4 PM on Friday afternoon, leaving my car in a Monday spot knowing full well I would be back in time to move it. I went to my car on my way out of town to remove something that I needed for the trip and did not notice any no parking signs posted. I came back early Monday morning to find my car gone and a temporary no parking sign posted on the pole right next to where my car was parked. I immediately called HPD who confirmed my car had been ticked & towed at 11 AM that Sunday by HPD. When I went to sign the release to get my car out of the impound, the officer informed me that the “rule” is the signs must be posted 48 hours prior to the designated time on the sign. Well I KNOW it wasn’t BUT I had no proof. When I called HPU inquiring about the exact time the sign was posted (I took a picture of it) I was told it was before 4 PM on Friday because that’s when the office closed. Of course I had no basis for arguement so I paid the ticket & towing fee and sucked it up. Now I’m going away again this weekend and plan on leaving my car again so I called HPU to… Read more »
elainetyger
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elainetyger

The tow company is there to make money for themselves. They don’t give a crap what you paid the city. They are more likely to go for the old Italian dude with a blocked driveway because he calls them every friggin week at least once and because he went to 11th grade with the tow company owner. With PSE&G and United Water they know they can send 3 tow trucks scheduled in advance to a block to clear it out at 8am.

I’m not saying it’s right, just how it is. If you really wanted the stuff towed, going up there and slipping 20 to the dispatcher would probably have been more effective than calling up and yelling at them.

costume
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costume

If you buy them with less than 72 hours of
notice they’re supposedly non-enforceable.

steelcity
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steelcity
I recently moved from one Hoboken location to another the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. I had reserved two spots outside my new apartment from 1:30-9:30. The signs were posted Wednesday and the same cars were still in those spots on Friday at 3. I called the Parking Authority and they told me they would send an officer over and the cars would be towed. I finished loading my uhaul up and at 6ppm the cars were still there. At that time the Parking Authority was closed so I called the police. I was told they would send someone over. In the mean time I was able to park down the block and start unpacking. It took an hour for an officer to come by at which time he did not even get out of the car. He said he would not tow the cars since I had parked down the block and I only had 2 ½ more hours reserved. He also said it wasn’t his problem and the Parking Authority had some bugs they need to work out. I explained I still had to make another trip and would lose the spot I had and he said, “well if that happens call back and maybe we can do something”. He then drove off. I was pissed because I paid for those spots and nothing was done. I also did not enjoy having to lug all of my stuff down the block to my new place. I called the… Read more »
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