Holiday Parking Idiocy
Hoboken says you don’t have to feed the meters
The confusion doesn’t stop here in the Mile Square. Many residents and visitors asked the Hoboken Police today if they needed to feed the meters – and according to the response HPD got from HPU was “yes you need to pay parking meters.”
However, that goes entirely against what the city site says. So apparently they’re creating this confusion in order to get TONS more money for raises they can hand out to one another on your dime.
Today – the New Jersey Libertarian Party published an article that audits of such departments are suspect, and suggests that Parking Authorities in NJ should have different “directors” each year, which would help identify and eliminate number trickery.
Dopey “Holiday Parking Summonses” litter Hoboken streets
As you *might* know, the city of Hoboken took our advice (to a degree) when we shamed them by showing how other cities promoted free parking and shopping local (like Union City).
Here’s what one Hoboken411 reader sent in:
“The Citizenry of Hoboken have been given the “keys to the kingdom.” What, does Don Zimmer want a f***ing biscuit or something? They are actually paying HPU attendants to place ticket-looking papers on cars saying “you are hereby summonsed to have a happy holiday…” Man, this town f***ing kills me!”
Meanwhile, these fake tickets are starting to litter the sidewalks!
Hoboken still loved collecting meter revenue, though!
Hoboken411 reader JC noticed the city had made little effort to *prevent* unsuspecting drivers from feeding the parking robots:
“I noticed this afternoon while walking around town, on multiple occasions, people feeding the muni-meters to secure a parking pass for their cars. Obviously Hoboken City Hall has not taken steps necessary to shut down collections from the meters or post appropriate signage (on the meters or otherwise).
Even though this is supposedly a “free” period for parking in Hoboken, those that are uninformed or from out-of-town are still feeding into the city’s coffers.”
411 Note: The 4 hour permit parking is being enforced, however. Leave it up to the city to botch something as simple as free holiday parking. Oh well.