Hertz on Demand exempt from street cleaning

Hertz on Demand skates on street sweeper in Hoboken (every week!)

For YEARS, we’ve all seen the street sweeper in Hoboken go around the Hertz on Demand cars which are peppered all over the city. I still am trying to figure out “who got paid off” for this racket of a deal.

$100 a month for reserved parking on the street, AND exemption from the $50 street cleaning tickets each week. Do the math. Garages cost $300 a month, and a ticket every week would be around $200 a month. They’re UP $400 a month net! What a bargain! Where can I sign up?

Hertz on Demand cars get pass from Hoboken HPU Hypocrisy

Who is checking up on Hertz?

8/17/2010 Update:

Y’know, each week, I get quite a few emails from frustrated car-owning Hoboken residents who either cannot find a practical reason to use the Hertz on Demand (formerly Connect by Hertz) Corner Cars or hate the fact that the spots cost the billion dollar company only $100 a month while they reap massive profits. Most often, it’s a basic email conversation between us.

However, I’ve been getting more emails as of late, indicating how trashy the spots look – while the rest of the street that was cleaned by the street cleaners looked respectable. Here’s a prime example. This Hertz Corner Cars location near Park and Sixth was cluttered with rubbish, cups, and more.

  • Who at city hall allowed Hertz to “promise” they’d clean the spots only twice a month?
  • Why not every week like the street cleaners? Heck, for the lost parking ticket revenue, these spots should be cleaned DAILY!
  • How come there’s no financial ramification for failure to comply? Look at this crap!

Street cleaning frustrates many residents

6/30/2010:

You ever forget to move your car for street cleaning in Hoboken? Only to rush to move it right after the sweeper passes – and you find a $45 ticket stuck on the car? If that’s not bad enough – you see that the sweeper sometimes leaves more of a mess behind. Frustrating, eh?

Since the Connect by Hertz Corner Cars launched in Hoboken recently – Hoboken411 has been receiving a steady stream of concerns about this community car sharing program that city transportation czar Ian Sacs said will “remove 750 cars from the streets.”

So far, about 100 residents have signed up to the program, but no cars have been relinquished.

As you can see from the current Hoboken411 poll – about 60% of respondents use a car daily or often enough to make the program unaffordable. 20% only use their cars sporadically, but about half of those have private parking spaces, and 20% don’t have a car at all.

Part of the agreement with the city, Hertz pays a “whopping” $100 per spot per month, but is completely exempt from street cleaning regulations. They’re supposed to “clean” the spots manually themselves.

Some comments from the residents I’ve spoken with:

  • “Only $100 a month? I’d pay double that to have my own private spot in front of my apartment!”
  • “Who inspects the cleanliness of the parking spots? What’s the fine for non-compliance? Why can’t I be exempt from street cleaning if I sweep my spot too?”

In the long run, supposed to benefit residents

I can understand why bending the rules for Hertz frustrates drivers. Because the city doles out parking summonses like candy from a Pez dispenser. However, it seems to me that the concept behind this Corner Cars program, is so lazy residents don’t have to walk more than a block or two before they can sit down again and drive wherever they’re going. This program wouldn’t work without making allowances such as this. You don’t see the city promoting the 43 Zip Cars we have at various locations throughout town, do you?

However, why stop there? Here are some other concepts to consider;

  • Let’s eliminate street sweepers altogether! Encourage the community to sweep the streets themselves. More money in the pockets of residents to spend at local businesses, right? Well, not really – because the millions of dollars in revenue that stuffs city coffers would be gone, and then we’d probably have another tax increase.
  • Hey, isn’t Ian Sacs a fan-boy for bicycles? Can’t we create a giant parking lot with 100’s of bike racks? Make people bike to the Hertz Cars instead of taking valuable spots from residents.
  • Make EVERY SPOT private in Hoboken. I estimate at least 7,000 street parking spots. That’s over $8 million in annual revenue. Who wouldn’t want that? Build a giant parking garage for visitors, and run that silly shuttle all day and night. There’d be plenty of money left over to help with budgetary problems. Heck, throw in some Pedi-Cabs for good measure. Speaking of Pedi-Cabs, why’d the put a moratorium on those? I digress, but this city is so filled with contradictions, it gives me a headache.

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12 Comments on "Hertz on Demand exempt from street cleaning"


theins
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theins
5 years 9 months ago

Zip Cars are good, but a friend of mine does it and said he has gone to pick up his car and they have none available and they send him into the city to get one. What is the point in that. He ends up borrowing my car more.

I would love to see the usage reports on these connect cars, who is using them and how often, i really don’t see them being used that much.

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken
5 years 9 months ago

You could make some sort of website… I am interested in those stats, too.[quote comment=”196233″]Zip Cars are good, but a friend of mine does it and said he has gone to pick up his car and they have none available and they send him into the city to get one. What is the point in that. He ends up borrowing my car more.I would love to see the usage reports on these connect cars, who is using them and how often, i really don’t see them being used that much.[/quote]

bradykp
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bradykp
5 years 10 months ago
A program like this wouldn’t work if the cars had to be moved during street cleaning. If Hertz will clean the parking spaces (which I don’t see why they wouldn’t – it’s a representation of their product), then that’s less street the city needs to sweep. My guess is no parking signs will just have to be 2 spaces forward, instead of these spaces. Rental Car agencies differ from ZipCar and from the Herzt Connect programs. ZipCar went into Hoboken on their own, and didn’t make an agreement with the city – they’ve done this in other cities though, but… Read more »
lhoward222
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lhoward222
5 years 10 months ago
Ian’s ideas are always untested … he is a screwball. Ian– you need to research your ideas prior to implementing. I am amazed at your cavalier approach. 1. Taxi stands uptown never worked b/c there was no notifcation of said stands and people just got angry that street parking was taken. 2. Shuttle stops and signage for vans to Clearview theater without any larger PR failed. Signs taken down within 2 weeks. 3. Getting local community around Clearview theater all riled up about taking away spots for that theater (which is probably running in red) … mistake. given the theater… Read more »
homeworld
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5 years 10 months ago
“Getting local community around Clearview theater all riled up about taking away spots for that theater (which is probably running in red)” What makes you say that? The theater frequently has a line out the door and is sold out. My question is about the Hertz cars in the photo above on the corner of 11th and Hudson… How did the green “corner car” parking spaces get stripped beyond the “no parking here to corner” sign?[quote comment=”194117″]Ian’s ideas are always untested … he is a screwball. Ian– you need to research your ideas prior to implementing. I am amazed at… Read more »
blahblahblah
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blahblahblah
5 years 10 months ago

the entire things stinks to high heaven…the folks who voted for this i hope you are watching…there is no real reform, transparency or any of the crap they said was coming….also isnt there a city ordinance as to parking or leaving your car in the same spot for x amount of time, then it can be towed….can someone research that…i thought i read that once….for 100 bucks amount they are exempt from street sweepers….how about 12g in taxes what does that get someone…

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