Bogus curb tickets in Hoboken?

Is parking on a Hoboken curb considered a sidewalk?

NJ transportation statutes suggest that in general, curbs should be between 4-6 inches in height. And naturally, if you were parallel parking next to a properly installed curb, you’ll certainly know if you’ve driven into it.

There are so many “curbs” in Hoboken that are either worn out completely, or so level with the street you won’t even feel that you’ve driven over one. This happened to Hoboken411 reader Dana, and she got whacked with a $56 ticket. Read on to read her woes…

“This is in regards to a ticket I received last Wednesday afternoon. When I came home from work last week, I parallel parked between 3rd and 4th on Hudson Street and when I got out of my car, I noticed my right rear car tire was slightly on the curb—but since the curb is so slanted (as many curbs in Hoboken are) I didn’t think anything of it and went up to my apartment. However, when I returned about 2 hours later to head to a rehearsal dinner, there was a parking ticket on my windshield and the $56 offense was “illegally parking on the sidewalk.” I’ll gladly admit when I’m wrong, however, I feel this ticket is completely bogus. First of all, I wasn’t parked on the “sidewalk” and second of all, I wasn’t obstructing pedestrian traffic whatsoever. I feel that this is just another way that Hoboken, Mayor Zimmer and the out-of-control HPU is robbing long-time residents of their money.

I wanted to contact you so you could make other residents aware that HPU is going around ticketing people for this and wanted to see if this has happened to anyone else. I also wanted to know if it is in fact “illegal” if one tire is just slightly on a curb that is slanted in the first place. Has this happened to anyone else? Should I attempt to fight the ticket?”

411 note: I guess the question at hand is – where does the “sidewalk” end?

One would think it ends exactly where the curb starts, since NJ law specifies the curb as a completely separate entity to sidewalk.

(And the photo above wasn’t Dana’s car – it was a similarly parked car I found after receiving her email… This car, however – didn’t receive a ticket because they had “LE” Law Enforcement plates…)

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22 Comments on "Bogus curb tickets in Hoboken?"


Member
3 years 6 months ago

What happens in the spots were Hoboken allows developers to install sidewalks without curbs? For instance, 717 Adams Street and 7th Street on the side of A&P. The sidewalk there started falling apart 2 weeks after it was installed since a curb was never put in to protect it.

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Hobo516
3 years 6 months ago

Seriously? Easy fix – don’t park on the curb.

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briank
3 years 6 months ago

I feel for the letter writer, as there are plenty of places with little to no curb. That said, i am not sure how you can live in Hoboken and not learn how to properly parallel park. As for being robbed by the HPU, it would be nice if HPU would ticket the morons who park 2-3 feet from the curb, sticking out into the roadway. (Seems to be minivans with out of state plates on their way to Carlos in my downtown hood). I always hope karma rears its head and has a truck take off the side view… Read more »

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 6 months ago

My lord, did this woman actually LOOK to see how she parked in comparison to other cars in back or in front of her? Don’t see any indication of this being a “bogus” ticket in this case.

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Stella
3 years 6 months ago

Looking at the picture (if this is the car in question) it looks as if the front wheel is on the curb also. Not a bogus ticket. Dana you took a gamble when you saw the car was on the curb and decided not to move it. You lost, pay up!

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