Hoboken citizen or sitting duck
Mar 18, 2018 | 1069 views | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

While you sleep don't be so sure that your assumed legally parked car on the streets of Hoboken will still be there in the morning. It appears that at any time the Parking Utility could post a “No Parking” sign w/o giving you proper notice which I had thought was 3 days. This happened to me on a late afternoon, Wednesday, December 27, 2017. I was planning to donate my car to charity on the following day at 11:00 am. My husband suggested that instead of pulling into our garage, we park the car on the street so that the towers coming for the car in the morning would have an easier time.

Even though the car was in perfect driving order, it is mandatory that it be towed. I found what appeared to be the perfect spot right up the block from my home on the corner. Three signs were posted that read no parking Wednesday - 12/20/17 to Friday - 12/22/17. Those dates were for the previous week and right before Christmas. I assumed that construction must have been curtailed for the Christmas Holiday as this was a week later from the dates posted. However, when I went to the car the very next morning, it was gone and there was now only 1 sign posted which read no parking 12/27/17 to 12/29/17.

I was in total disbelief. Besides a ticket, the cost to retrieve your car is $150.00 daily. At the towing office, situated in a difficult to reach location on the far western side of Jersey City, I met another Hobokonite who was there for the same reason. He had to pay $750.00 to retrieve his car as he had been on a 5 day vacation at the time he was ticketed and the cost accrued daily. Afterwards, I found out that the Parking Utility takes a picture of your car and the sign at the moment that your car is towed.

My suggestion to protect everyone involved is that the PU take a time/date stamped picture when they actually post the sign as this practice would mitigate any disagreement between a Citizen and the PU of Hoboken. It is the evidence that is required in order to take possession of what could be someone very lively hood. Evidence that a citizen deliberately chose to disregard the warning.

Susan Archer

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