Parking Boot Nonsense: Class Action Lawsuit?
Six years of city thievery reaching a tipping point?
Did you know that if you have a VALID Hoboken parking permit sticker, you still might receive a summons and a parking boot?
Jumping through hoops to right a wrong in Hoboken
Sources tell Hoboken411 that this practice has been going on for around six years – and even if the city inaccurately summons & boots your vehicle, they cannot refund the boot fee in court. Here’s what one reader (a lawyer) had to say about his experience:
“I have been a resident for 11 years and recently received a boot for allegedly not having a valid parking permit. The permit was valid and was renewed. The town and the prosecutor acknowledged this – I even received confirmation from the Parking Authority. The town agreed to dismiss the ticket. However, the town would not refund the boot fee. I was told that in order to recover the boot fee, I would need to try the case and then file a lawsuit against the town to recover the $150 boot fee.
This is completely unfair and should not be permitted. The Town should seriously reconsider this policy. I’m an attorney and would love to find someone who has the time to challenge this. It is crazy. You realize that it will cost $15 just to file the small claims complaint and then you have to try that case to try and recover $150 for a dismissed ticket.
Also, the Court requires you to waive your right to challenge the boot fee if you accept the dismissal of the ticket. Maybe when I get slow this year, I will file a class-action against the town, parking authority and company providing the boots to make make this rule go away.”
Would you want to participate in that class-action lawsuit? Should your boot fee and added “inconvenience” fees be added to your refund?