Buried Parking Meters: Is enforcement OK?

1/31/2011:

Hoboken parking ticket: Right or Wrong?

Hoboken411 reader Will shares his situation with a buried parking meter (and associated summons) on Washington Street this past weekend:

“I had a question about a parking ticket that maybe Hoboken residents could answer.

I drove into town today to meet a friend for breakfast (I live in Hoboken but was coming from my parents house with my car). I found a great parking spot on Washington near Stacks. I parked and fished out some change for the meter. But, the coin slots face the sidewalk which had about 6 feet of snow that was about 3 feet deep. So no real way to put a coin in the meter. The other side of the meter (street side) had less snow but still trying to get a coin in a slot while reaching over 12 to 18 inches of snow was not gonna work. So I gave up and hoped that since the town didn’t really clear meter then they would be lenient in enforcement. Being a resident I should of known better cause when I returned I had a ticket on the window for $30 printed about 45 minutes after I had parked.

Not the most expensive mistake I have made in town but do you think it is worth “fighting.”

The attached photo was taken at the time I parked since i kind of assumed I would be ticketed and a picture might help my case later.”

So – should Will have gotten his shoes and pants wet – or should the parking meter enforcement been more forgiving?

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13 Comments on "Buried Parking Meters: Is enforcement OK?"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

vehicle parked at 1301 wash near the ymac nj udy 844 .four days just got off a bus and drove away when we all recieved summons.Yeah the world is on the level ..

Flyinace2000
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Flyinace2000

Will here (my car in the photo).

I don’t think anyone is really to blame. I was just hoping the hoboken would of looked at the situation and made a better judgement call instead of just ticketed my car. I might see about talking to a judge if they have court dates on Fridays as I am out of town Mon-Thrus (which is why my car mostly lives at my parents).

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

2000 bottom line the hpu was a choice from queen bee. he is to blaim..The good Lord put the snow there..true..but not untill this new administration did we have such chaos
There were vehicles parked by the ymca bus stop untouched yet others recieved summons…others that resent that bunch of cupcakes…you dont go around pins and pals and saw a woman get off a 126 bus yesterday after 4 days covered with snow and drive away..saved the lic tag..live is beautiful for some.[quote comment=”202764″]Will here (my car in the photo).I don’t think anyone is really to blame. I was just hoping the hoboken would of looked at the situation and made a better judgement call instead of just ticketed my car. I might see about talking to a judge if they have court dates on Fridays as I am out of town Mon-Thrus (which is why my car mostly lives at my parents).[/quote]

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo
Very interesting dilemma to ponder….from a legal standpoint the property owner is responsible to clear the property of snow and ice within 6 hours of a storm as per city ordinance and the recent “slip and fall” case in NJ mentioned here on H411. However, due to the the current weather conditions and constant snow it is realistically impossible to put the accumulated snow build-up anywhere else except curbside barring the actual physical removal of such snow (via-private removal and trucking service); to do otherwise hinders the property owner from free and proper use of the said property in question as well as hinders the publics free movement about the property on a public sidewalk. To place all the snow in the city is in violation of other city ordinances hindering the vehicular flow of traffic, etc! The argument is pretty clear and carries substantial weight that the City of Hoboken and Parking Utility have a legal responsibility to clear at least a 3 foot wide path on both sides of every parking meter (street side and sidewalk side) citywide to ensure that the meters in question have free and unobstructed access by the public if the city expects the meters to be used properly. The meters are public property maintained by the City of Hoboken which should include snow removal as part of the overall general maintenance. The city cannot expect a reasonable person, not even considering individuals with disabilities or the elderly or even those suffering from medical… Read more »
Ricardo Roig
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Ricardo Roig

I’m the visual artist who created “Hobroken”, a featured weekly comic on this great website. I was just thinking about this weeks comic yesterday. I thought… how about a car and meter covered in snow with a ticket on the windshield. Unfortunately, after seeing this post- it seems a version of this is more real than I thought.
I’m sorry about your ticket and I hope my sketch doesn’t make you feel worse.
Any ideas what to name the sketch?

lando35mm
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lando35mm

I think I’d avoid the ticket fight and attempt to load the meter blindly from the street side of the meter

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