Tales of Hoboken Parking Tickets and Court

9/27/2010:

Parking is annoying in Hoboken

Hoboken resident Andrew shares his tale about parking tickets and traffic court headaches:

“I realized that parking was annoyance in Hoboken prior to moving here, but it has gone to new lengths…

Over Labor Day weekend, my girlfriend parked her car on River between 1st and 2nd (basically in front of the Citibank and Subway). She parked her car at approximately 215 on Friday and I spoke to the parking department that they would not ticket past 4pm or something. Fine. She puts in the max amount of quarters and we go on our merry way.

The next day as we pass the car, we see a ticket. I go over to read it and it says “overtime meter” at 3pm. We are dumbfounded. But I choose to remain cool and wait until my court date (which was today, September 22nd). I get to court and they ask for a broken meter form or what have you. I say, I wasn’t aware I was supposed to fill one out and asked to provide me such form. They said that since it was not within the 2 week window I cannot report it broken. I cannot find anywhere on the ticket where it says, “If you think this meter is broken, call HPA”. But I wait since I am trying to be patient. I get to the court room at 830 to be first (I am first). But they tell me those tickets won’t come up until 9am, then it changed to 945. I have a job and cannot sit around for 2 hours waiting for tickets to be brought up. So I say screw it, and go downstairs to pay the ticket.

Now I have no problem paying a parking ticket when I know I am in the wrong, but I do not believe I was in the wrong here and then they cost you more money by having to miss work (they didn’t cost me money as I told my manager I was coming in late).

Hoboken Parking needs a make-over because this is not the way to deal with people and ill-functioning parking meters.

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13 Comments on "Tales of Hoboken Parking Tickets and Court"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

SOLE SOLD..LAST BIG SNOW IN LATE DECEMBER CAR COVERED PLOWED IN BY A METER ON FRIDAY AND THE CTZAR GAVE GRACE UNTILL NOON THAT AFTERNOON. NO WARNING ,WHAT SO EVER..THIS TICKET AGENT PLAYED FOOTBALL WITHOUT A HELMET.THE CARS WERE SNOWED AND PLOWED IN..THIS IS WHAT THEY HIRE FOR LESS THAN 20KPER YR.

SoulSoldSeparately
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SoulSoldSeparately

Andrew, to say I feel your pain would be a gross understatement; I can definitely empathize. I’d be most concerned that, having deposited enough quarters at 2:15 pm to buy 2 hours of parking time, you still received a ticket before those 2 hours expired. Arguing on that basis is really your only chance.

Stpaddygirl
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Parking is just as annoying in Union City….I got a ticket with a time of 12:15 but it was only 11:30 when I went to my car … hmm…. I had to work the day of court (my boss not so understanding) so paid the stupid ticket and I hope to never have to go back to the UC again..

Dperez
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Dperez

I have two thoughts on this. First; get rid of these restricted residential parking spaces (green signs with white letters). This is the biggest waste and you practically have to be Jesus to get one. Second; mental illness should be considered a handicap and therefore warrant a special parking sticker. LOL!

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Back in my corner o’ town, I see a lot of out of state violators (no sticker or temp resident pass) in the resident only sides. I would say 8/10 they are not ticketed when I leave the next day.

I suspect some are unfamiliar with the law, and the people they are visiting are simple enough not to fill them in (of course anyone with a basic education can read a sign, in new territory, I thoroughly scope the signage). I also suspect some miscreants, and I hope you’re sitting down for this bombshell, actually park on the resident side on purpose, knowing their sleepover at schmoopy’s won’t be ruined by the HPU since they don’t work 24/7. 😯 [quote comment=”198029″]I have two thoughts on this. First; get rid of these restricted residential parking spaces (green signs with white letters). This is the biggest waste and you practically have to be Jesus to get one. Second; mental illness should be considered a handicap and therefore warrant a special parking sticker. LOL![/quote]

joey
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joey

Usually any holiday weeked the parking authority suspends work at 4pm on a friday and there is no meter enforcement the following day (saturday).

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