Parking enforcement abuse in Hoboken

HPU parking enforcement abuse – no notice given

Parking enforcement abuse in Hoboken NJ with Temporary Police Regulation signsHoboken411 reader Brian noticed these signs being installed on Clinton Street just before midnight on Friday, June 21st, which clearly shows the ongoing parking enforcement abuse that takes place in Hoboken.

They were for “no parking” from 7am to 6pm on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd.

Now anyone who was parked here got ticketed and towed for “violating” the posted signs. From what I understand, these “Temporary Police Regulation No Parking” signs need a 48 hour advance notice in order to be enforceable.

Additionally – it seems a bit odd that this particular sign doesn’t have the unique “PO#…” which identifies what it’s for and by whom.

At what point does some kind of “revolt” against the nearly criminal actions of the HPU happen? How fed up do residents need to be in order to take action? And as a reminder – the HPU effectively removes between $3 and $4 million dollars from the local economy, and re-directs that money into city hall coffers. You enjoy hearing about that blatant re-direction of wealth on top of taxes, fees, permits, and other methods of monetary siphoning?

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HansBrix
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HansBrix

Every time I’ve ordered signs and they went up before the 48 hour count down, I had to call HPU to have a car towed. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I firmly believe that most people who insist the signs were not there are incorrect.

You will have better luck getting signs (or bending the rules, or anything else the city rations) if you have connections.

Weekend signs are not enforceable by the HPU after their biz hours, or so they told me. “You can try calling the cops but they have higher priorities.”

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

The cops have higher ethical standards, too, fortunately. On the HPU, I call shenanigans.[quote comment=”221084″]Every time I’ve ordered signs and they went up before the 48 hour count down, I had to call HPU to have a car towed. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I firmly believe that most people who insist the signs were not there are incorrect.You will have better luck getting signs (or bending the rules, or anything else the city rations) if you have connections.Weekend signs are not enforceable by the HPU after their biz hours, or so they told me. “You can try calling the cops but they have higher priorities.”[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

give some tought to the hpa was governed by a commission before it was absorbed into the city’s authority. why?[quote comment=”221089″]The cops have higher ethical standards, too, fortunately. On the HPU, I call shenanigans.[/quote]

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

So that the mayor and council now have direct responsibility for management of parking operations and finance. Which should in theory mean that the HPU is now better aligned with residents’ interests than the old HPA was. True?[quote comment=”221091″]give some tought to the hpa was governed by a commission before it was absorbed into the city’s authority. why?[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

truth do the math..former adminstraton made the change. we deal with it.[quote comment=”221093″]So that the mayor and council now have direct responsibility for management of parking operations and finance. Which should in theory mean that the HPU is now better aligned with residents’ interests than the old HPA was. True?[/quote]

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

I don’t know who exactly is responsible for the temp sign program, but they have their work cut out for them to fix it. I have to say, though, that HPU customer service is pretty impressive lately. It seems that they are struggling a bit with the process, still, but if they can improve the process like they’ve improved customer service, there is hope yet.

The next challenge–which is why the autonomous HPA was originally created–is that the city will need to invest in construction of more municipal parking capacity.[quote comment=”221094″]truth do the math..former adminstraton made the change. we deal with it.[/quote]

Hoboken Teach
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Hoboken Teach

I’m not one who usually kills HPU. As slimy as it is, the rules are generally posted and if you follow them you’ll be fine. However, they do this crap all the time and it’s obsurd. The rule should be that a sign must be posted by the week before street cleaning. That way, the first people who park there after the fact will be safe knowing when they parked the sign wasn’t there. Not to mention that if you do get booted, ticketed, towed, the absolute bureaucratic nightmare you have to go to get your car. I love this town and usually defend it. This is one aspect that they completely foul up and it’s an absolute joke. I guess we know why they don’t fix the process for the residents and guests. From their perspective it works and brings in money.

hobokenrenter
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hobokenrenter
This exact scenario happened to me. Unfortunately, even though I checked the spot when I parked in it, I didn’t feel the need to check on it again in the morning before going to work across the river. I received a phone call while at work around noon and was told I had 5 minutes to move my car or it would be towed. I explained that there was no sign when I parked in the spot the night before and that I worked in Manhattan and that 5 minutes would be impossible. I was then told my car would be towed and that there was nothing the HPU could do since I couldn’t prove there was no sign. I was also told that it didn’t matter whether a sign is blown away in a storm (there was a thunderstorm the day before I parked in the spot) and that they can enforce it anyways. I have serious doubts that there was EVER a sign posted. The car was towed to Main Towing in North Bergen (a nice hour-long bus ride when you have to go at rush hour). Main Towing was absolutely horrible. The people were horribly rude and the car was towed to an offsite lot about 15 minutes away. I then had to wait for a tow truck driver (about 30 mins) to take me to my car to get my information out of the glove box, go back to Main Towing’s office while they faxed my… Read more »
homeworld
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Wow, you’re lucky they even called you.[quote comment=”221078″]This exact scenario happened to me. Unfortunately, even though I checked the spot when I parked in it, I didn’t feel the need to check on it again in the morning before going to work across the river. I received a phone call while at work around noon and was told I had 5 minutes to move my car or it would be towed. I explained that there was no sign when I parked in the spot the night before and that I worked in Manhattan and that 5 minutes would be impossible. I was then told my car would be towed and that there was nothing the HPU could do since I couldn’t prove there was no sign. I was also told that it didn’t matter whether a sign is blown away in a storm (there was a thunderstorm the day before I parked in the spot) and that they can enforce it anyways. I have serious doubts that there was EVER a sign posted.The car was towed to Main Towing in North Bergen (a nice hour-long bus ride when you have to go at rush hour). Main Towing was absolutely horrible. The people were horribly rude and the car was towed to an offsite lot about 15 minutes away. I then had to wait for a tow truck driver (about 30 mins) to take me to my car to get my information out of the glove box, go back to Main… Read more »
YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

It’s probably not a legal sign without the number. HPU does pretty much whatever they want, with impunity. Petition?

YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken

Correction… if it’s City business/emergency then I think they don’t have the numbers. And those are also probably exempt from lead time requirements. You’re more likely to be contacted by HPD or HPU in an ’emergency’ situation, but still out of luck if you’re not nearby. Other cities often tow you to the city garage or to another legal spot in those circumstances (e.g., like when NYC put in the bike racks) with no violation or towing fee.[quote comment=”221077″]It’s probably not a legal sign without the number. HPU does pretty much whatever they want, with impunity. Petition?[/quote]

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