Hoboken Parking Rant
Hoboken Parking Rules – sometimes enforced, sometimes “bent”
One Hoboken411 reader who wishes to remain anonymous adds to the pile of complaints about parking in the Mile Square:
“I’m a mid 20’s Hoboken resident, currently residing on 7th and Bloomfield, and have been in Hoboken for going on almost 3 years.
I started out doing a with a car, doing the reverse commute into NJ, but no longer have a car and now work in Manhattan. I’ve held off writing, for what reason, I’m not really sure, but I guess have finally gotten so irritated that I wanted to write in regarding Hoboken parking.
When I had my car, I received plenty of tickets… some right, some wrong and was booted and towed once, so I know the procedure with that sort of thing. Since I no longer have my car, it’s no longer a worry of mine, however, with my girlfriend living outside of Hoboken, I still deal with the disaster that is Hoboken parking. My girlfriend has been ticketed 3 times so far over the past 6 months, all of which, in my mind should have been reversed, but the time it would take to fight it has just unfortunately not been worth it.
The one ticket was during the snowstorm when the snow banks made reaching the meters impossible and the other 2 have been while parking next to faulty meters, where every other quarter or sometimes every other 2 quarters only adds time. It’s absolutely ridiculous. With such limited parking and extremely tricky/strict parking rules, I would expect for the meters to at least be functioning properly.”
Hoboken City vehicles get no tickets
“I guess I should say, what finally set me off on this rant is something that I witness day after day, after day, on my walk down to the Path. If you ever have a moment, come by the area of 7th and Bloomfield / 7th and Washington around 8am or in the evening, and look for a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with Municipal plates. This vehicle 9 times out of 10 will be illegally parked, yet never ticketed, booted, towed, etc. I’ve been hesitant to take a picture with my cell, as I live right there and am pretty sure the guy lives close by too, so would just like to avoid any drama.
The most recent incident particularly got me hot under the collar. This vehicle was clearly parked illegally on 7th and Washington, right on the corner, with the street sweeper sitting right behind it and the little HPU car in front writing tickets. The HPU skipped right over the white Jeep and went on to write 3 straight tickets for cars parked only 2 spots away. Granted these cars should have been moved for street cleaning, but at least they were in legit spots.
This vehicle with Municipal plates was parked next to the yellow curb and in the way of the street cleaner, but of course, no ticket was issued. I can’t tell you how many times at the 2 intersections mentioned above I see this nonsense happen. Only here and there do I actually see this guy park in a legitimate parking spot.
Anyway, I apologize for the rant, but hopefully this might aid you in yet another story of rules being broken by people and the HPU bending it for these people.”