Parking Authority Shenanigans

11/18/2010:

City not giving residents enough warning?

You know those Temporary No Parking Regulation signs that are pretty much on every block in Hoboken at any given moment? Well, one Hoboken resident suspects that the city is circumventing their own ordinance, which states that ample warning time must be given before tickets are issued and cars are towed:

“I appreciate your taking up the sword on the Hertz on Demand (formerly Connect by Hertz) Corner car problem and want to warn you of another issue that interferes in residents parking rights. The town is required to give several days notice of special parking signs so vehicle owners have ample warning of the need for the space. Apparently the Parking Authority was negligent in not posting during the 3 day advanced period or perhaps if you have the connections or pay off the right people, you can forego the posted warning period.

An incident occurred recently where my car was towed despite the fact that it was parked legally and there was no signage during the required notification period.

How can I be sure there was no signage? Just 24 hour prior to the towing I had an interaction through the same gate at which the sign was later posted. Had there been a sign, it would have obstructed my line of sight from my street level positioning to the basement level positioning of the other person. I also confirmed with another neighbor on the same block that the sign was only posted late Friday or Saturday.

I have spoken with others in town who have heard of the same thing happening – notices appearing out of nowhere and cars then being towed.

Please spread the word on this so we can crack down further on the shenanigans in the Parking Authority and City Hall. Please don’t tell me that there are records to indicate that all is on the up and up, because part of the same negligence or dishonesty that allows this to happens also covers traceable tracks.

Signed,

Legally Parked, Illegally Towed

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19 Comments on "Parking Authority Shenanigans"

homeworld
Member

I wrote to the HPU and they promptly contacted me. To quote part of their response “We are required by law to post our “No Parking” signs at least 48 hours before the due date…We are working on a new system so that the signs would be
posted closer to the curb.”

I don’t think it would be too difficult to give a courtesy call to the owner of the car before they tow it, though. My car was parked in front of my building and I could have had it moved within 30 seconds, far quicker than having a tow truck come. Even if I contest the ticket in court, I’m still out the $80 for the tow.

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo
I had a friend this year that paid for four spots to move two from his old place and two for the new one. This way he can use the u-haul no problem. He rented the spots two weeks in advance and paid about $200 for the spots on a Sat morning from 10am to 6pm. By 9:30am the spots are empty and he goes to JC to get the truck. @ 9:58am some scumbag HFD asshole parks in the middle of both spots with a white work-van he used to do construction when he is off duty. This was caught on the buildings security camera. 2 minutes later my friend arrives and is blowing the horn and now is forced to park in someone else’s driveway hoping to find out where the driver is. One of the neighbors tells him he went into the building they were working on across the street. He goes over and is knocking and yelling up at the windows. The HFD guys see’s this and completely ignores my friend and drinks coffee while smoking a cigarette by the upper floor windows. After 45 minutes he finally gets in touch with the HPU whom send over a guy to verify the signs at about 11:30am. He verifies the signs and then tells my friend that as “common courtesy” he can’t tow HFD vehicles and there is nothing more he can really do. My friend tells him that if he can’t use the spots he paid… Read more »
animal_lover
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animal_lover

This happens too often to be merely a screw up. See also today’s Hoboken Repoerter -Nov 21 for another incident. When these signs go up in less than the warning period it is intentional when they tow. That is fraud.

cmboken
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cmboken

This happened to me as well. I parked my car in a legal spot in the morning. Later that morning no parking temporary signs were put up and a cop had my car towed. I fought this in court and won. The parking authority said those signs were just posted and your car should not have been towed. I did not get charged for the ticket or tow, but had to pay for the tow company holding my car. I was still out $50 for something that was not my fault and done incorrectly by the cops. It seems the judge and DA careless about the fact that their city employee screwed up.

homeworld
Member

Wow, only $50? My car was towed and they charged me $80. It was there for 5 hours.[quote comment=”200254″]This happened to me as well. I parked my car in a legal spot in the morning. Later that morning no parking temporary signs were put up and a cop had my car towed. I fought this in court and won. The parking authority said those signs were just posted and your car should not have been towed. I did not get charged for the ticket or tow, but had to pay for the tow company holding my car. I was still out $50 for something that was not my fault and done incorrectly by the cops. It seems the judge and DA careless about the fact that their city employee screwed up.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

You need someone outside the city (judge or DA) who cares. When I related the incident to my credit card company they had no problem removing the charges. There are also other state agencies/departments like the DMV and Attorney General’s office who can advocate for the citizens of Hoboken. I’m sure a state’s assemblyman or even Albio Sires cares…[quote comment=”200254″]This happened to me as well. I parked my car in a legal spot in the morning. Later that morning no parking temporary signs were put up and a cop had my car towed. I fought this in court and won. The parking authority said those signs were just posted and your car should not have been towed. I did not get charged for the ticket or tow, but had to pay for the tow company holding my car. I was still out $50 for something that was not my fault and done incorrectly by the cops. It seems the judge and DA careless about the fact that their city employee screwed up.[/quote]

run329
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run329

My friend’s car was just towed. The car was parked on Wednesday night and towed Friday morning. The police informed her that only 24 hours is needed to post a no parking sign. Not sure I believe that, but its what the officer said.

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