City vehicles behaving badly
Here a reader who was near the courthouse in Jersey City this week, noticed a Hoboken Police car in front.
He wrote: “Here is another picture to add to your City Vehicles Behaving Badly collection. I took it today outside the courthouse in Jersey City. Granted, it was outside the court house and was probably official business, but there’s a whole lot reserved for government vehicles.”
Not sure if anyone else mentioned this somewhere, but what about that Central Parking lot at the south end of town? Can’t some kind of agreement be worked out to expand that complete waste of space? A 4 story garage would do wonders. Allow City Hall to have the first floor (what’s that, about 200 cars per floor?), and let monthly or hourly have the rest. You can still have it “valet operated” if need be. Can’t they build these cookie cutter garages in like a month? How come this never came up? Is that block to City Hall too far?
A reader sent this picture in about the infamous “Carpentry Division” van that is perpetually illegally parked around Hoboken. I thought I read somewhere on the Hoboken City site that “injuries from faulty wood shelving” is the third most reported incident in town*. I’m sure that is why they need to park wherever they want. It’s an EMERGENCY!
Oh, and I can understand a cop parking in front of a hydrant (provided it’s an actual call).
love the site – visit every day. saw you posted about parking/transportation the other day….
after driving around 20 mins. looking for a parking spot, i was walking by the back of city hall on my way to the PATH. Took this picture of a City van from the Carpentry division that was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. As I was taking the picture with my phone, a parking authority person came up to me and asked what i was doing. I said “This city van is illegally parked.” “That van is parked for city business.” she replied. To which I said “You can’t park in front of a hydrant unless you’re a fire engine and city hall is on fire.” She just smirked and walked way.
Question – can I scribble CITY OF HOBOKEN on my car so I can park anywhere I’d like?
* Sarcastic Comment
See previous infractions below:
Hey, I have nothing against the Hoboken Fire Department. I think they do a stellar job, despite being called out to 99+% of false alarms. It’s not easy to be on call all the time for important events and be expected to perform perfectly each time there’s an actual emergency. I suppose I can respect any job I don’t do regularly, just as I expect anyone to respect the job I do here at Hoboken411 *all by myself*. I may not be a firefighter, but I imagine many people can’t do all the technical work I do either. But I digress.
Regardless, a reader mentioned to me that this HFD maintenance van was parked in front of 5th and Grand for many days in a row. It obviously blocked the crosswalk, and I even witnessed many “close calls” with pedestrians, and even baby strollers! Not sure why this is here, and why it wasn’t towed, demanded to be moved or otherwise. It most certainly wasn’t an emergency, so why the leniency?
Is this just another example that we need MORE parking before we overdevelop our city straight into the Hudson River?
See some previously ill-mannered city vehicles after the break.
Here are a couple photos of City vehicles “in the wrong” in the past week.
- The first one is a City pickup truck at an expired parking meter in front of City Hall. Do they get to park wherever they want for free? Or are they supposed to pay? This was here for what seemed like an hour. Meanwhile, other cars were ticketed in the flood zone. At least they don’t have to pay, but what a hassle!
- This HPU “boot truck” was on the corner of 10th and Bloomfield. Blocking the intersection, in the crosswalk and making it difficult for cars or large SUV’s to turn right.
Can civilians write tickets and get compensated? Maybe we could all join in on the revenue parade!