Simplify Hoboken Parking Regulations
Hoboken Visitor Parking Permits difficult to obtain *ON PURPOSE*
As you know, the City of Hoboken, (who was recently exposed for criminal parking enforcement practices by a Fox 5 News investigative team), began rolling out many of those robotic “Muni Meters,” which they claim are the holy grail of parking solutions for this crazy Mile Square City.
However, you’d think that some out-of-the-box thinking would be in order, right?
A major flaw in these meters are the fact that visitors can only purchase timed parking stamps (up to two hours). It would have been prudent for Parking
Dope Czar Ian Sacs to source (or re-configure existing) machines that give you the option to also purchase visitor parking passes ($5 for 24 hours) from these computerized kiosks.
Because for visitors, going to city hall (finding parking, hoping they’re open) is a royal pain in the neck. Imagine how many LESS tickets and boots residents & visitors would receive if they could CONVENIENTLY purchase these daily parking permits all day and night?
Why won’t Hoboken allow permit purchases via muni-meters?
The answer is simple: They will not be able to steal as much money from unsuspecting drivers.
Visitor parking permit lunacy continues at Hoboken City Hall
Adding to this ongoing issue with overly complicated parking regulations in Hoboken – Hoboken411 reader Andreas talks about the nonsense associated with Visitor Parking Permits.
How stupid is Hoboken’s government? Let me count the ways!
“A few months ago I went to city hall with a Hoboken resident to obtain a 7 day visitors parking permit. She owns an apt and a parking space in her building, which means that she pays some of the highest property taxes in the nation and the planet. We were denied because my friend, not wanting to pay the obscene NJ insurance rates, uses her parents NY address on her drivers license as her permanent address. Despite having a mortgage, which we brought with us we were told that we needed an electric bill AND a cable bill.
- who doesn’t get and pay their bills electronically in 2011?
- who has a printer at home anymore?
- Does everyone have cable TV, especially in the great recession? I don’t!
“We were told that one could have a mortgage and electric bill and it still not be a permanent residence. So having cable hooked up makes it a permanent residence?! I’m sure someone out there has a residence with cable and electric that is not their permanent residence. My friend works for a big company in Hoboken but her work ID did nothing to sway the genius at City Hall.
A city strapped for cash denied me a 7 day parking permit and itself some free money for no intelligent reason. The 30 something dollars would not close the budget gap but every dollar counts and one has to ask oneself how many times a day city hall does this same stupid thing to others and how much that adds up to in the course of the year… along with all the other stupid things City Hall does that costs Hoboken a fortune, like throwing away 10,000 dollars worth of Christmas decorations for example. Maybe the property taxes wouldn’t be astronomical if someone with half a brain was running things over there. Just a thought.
BTW I brought the car to a friends’ private property and left it there for the duration of my visit because I didn’t have the stomach to deal with Hoboken’s incredible stupidity anymore. I saved $35.00, Hoboken lost $35.00. God bless NJ and God bless the government! Is it any wonder we’re raising the debt ceiling and opening the door to financial ruin?”
411 note: Since visitor parking permits are limited to only 7 days @ $5 per day – why have any regulations at all? You could even set up 24-hour vending machines to dispense daily visitor permits. There is no need for the headaches!
Hoboken parking regulations need to be cleaned up now!
Earlier this week – I spotted this Deep Cherry Red Chrysler 300 parked on Garden Street uptown.
The car had Illinois license plates – and a VALID Hoboken Visitors Parking permit on the dashboard.
My guess is that it was a perhaps either a friend or a parent of a Hoboken resident.
However, this visitor inadvertently parked on the “Residential Parking Permit Only” side of the street – and received a parking boot as a result (despite plentiful parking on both sides of the street during the day).
No courtesy extended; parking regulations too confusing
To a bean-counter or tax attorney – Hoboken’s parking regulations are a piece of cake. Everything is laid out in plain English. I agree.
However, when it comes to stuff like this – it doesn’t take much effort to simplify the rules – and at least give honest visitors or even residents a chance to avoid the unnecessary financial burden (unless, of course your crew at City Hall loves to trick and steal from people…)
Here are some easy-to-implement – and quite frankly – logical changes that can be made to our current parking situation:
- Residential Permit Parking Only vs. Permit Parking Only:
Again, I agree – anyone who has normal reading comprehension should be able to tell the difference between the two. However, as people become busier and life gets more hectic – the attention span of the human species is getting shorter over all. Both signs have the words “Permit Parking Only” on them – and if you take a quick glance – it’s not out of the question that even capable humans (especially from out of town) might overlook the differences.
- Solution #1: Update “Residential Permit Parking Only” to – “RESIDENT STICKERS ONLY.” The simple change of verbiage will go a long way.
- Solution #2: Change the colors. Green/White – White/Green. Some people are dyslexic. Make the residents parking sign a completely different color combination. Either yellow text / red background – or Blue text / yellow background. That will also aid in differentiating the signs. I know the NJDOT has all sorts of regulations – but try and mix it up! Use that crazy orange or yellow they have for construction signs – something to better warn drivers! Think outside the box!
- Pictures are worth 1000 Words:
Here’s another solution that would cost Hoboken nothing.
For their permit forms (which are printed on a monochrome laser printer), just update the template to include a very basic visual of what IS and what ISN’T allowed for these temporary permits. I’m telling you – these steps will help the general public have a better view of the Mile Square if they didn’t get raped and pillaged every time they visit. Heck, it’ll help local businesses as well.
Do you think these changes are too difficult for city hall to implement? Would you rather Hoboken continue pick-pocketing friendly visitors and family members? Or obtain a better public image?