New Hoboken resident whacked by HPA
Another Hoboken411 reader mail entry comes from a fairly new Hoboken resident, who’s been beaten senseless by the Hoboken Parking Authority.
Talk about a shoddy “Welcome to Hoboken!”
“I know I have seen many articles on the Hoboken411 about our illustrious, money-making Hoboken Parking Authority.
On my moving in day I inadvertently parked in a street cleaning zone and got my first ticket. Last week my brother came to visit from Kentucky and I went and got the daily parking pass to put on his rear view mirror. Of course, I didn’t realize the tag was not for a 24 hour day but needed to be replaced at midnight. Also, I had him park on the wrong side of the street not realizing he needed to be in a white “permit” section, not green “resident” section. When we called to get the code to unlock the boot the woman explained “Oh, this happens all the time with people thinking that daily means 24 hours and being confused about where to park”. I politely suggested they might want to address that issue since it “happens all the time”. Welcome to Hoboken. For his 20 hour visit my brother paid $190.00. Needless to say, he doesn’t feel inclined to come back again.
So today I parked my car on the street while my son was visiting from DC and using my garage space. I looked carefully before parking–street cleaning on Thursday–OK it’s Tuesday, no yellow curb line, OK, my Hoboken sticker in full view, car not hanging over the crosswalk. Of course, I got a ticket for “Parking within 25 ft of a crosswalk”. No marking on the curb to tell you–you are just supposed to know. I give up. I need to move out of this most unfriendly of towns. It’s killing me.
Look at this photo. You be the judge…do I have any recourse?”
I did respond to the reader, and mentioned that I saw the “little white line” painted directly in front of her vehicle (you can see it clearly in the original photo she sent me).
However, that line isn’t common knowledge necessarily, and isn’t a practice used in other cities. Typically, almost all drivers know and understand the yellow curb. I can see why she wants to “give up” playing Hoboken’s shell game with faded or unpainted curbs, multiple white lines and inconsistent enforcement.
It’s enough to drive a sane person over the edge.