The “Temporary No Parking Signs” Issue
The Truth About Temporary No Parking Signs
Man, where to start? The amount of headaches that these little signs cause on a daily basis… But there’s more going on with these signs than most people know!
Since I’ve started this website, temporary no parking signs are arguably the number one most consistent complaint that I get from my readers, “I parked my car, left it for a week, the sign was put up while I was away, and my car got towed” or “Those damn parking attendants! They wait until you park you car and then put up the sign to make easy money for the city!”
I get your frustration. These signs are definitely an issue and you have every right to complain, but I want to explain some things for you to better understand what’s going on. This way you can be sure that you’re complaining about the right things to the right people. It’s only fair right? So here are some fun facts.
What are TNP signs for?
The purpose of temporary no parking signs are to reserve street parking space for commercial vehicles. This includes trucks for moving in and out of a building, maintenance vehicles, construction vehicles, delivery vehicles, vehicles for special events… basically anything other than your personal vehicle.
Purchasing TNP Signs:
Temporary no parking signs for a non-metered location must be purchased 72 hours before the time that they go into effect. For example, if a sign is purchased to reserve parking from 8am to 5pm on December 9th, then the sign must be purchased by 8am on December 6th.
If the sign is purchased for a metered location, than it must be purchased 24 hours in advance.
If the signs are purchased for a Saturday or for a holiday, than the sign must be purchased one week in advance.
If the sign if purchased online, then it must be purchased five business days in advance.
Who is responsible for these signs?
After purchase, it is the Hoboken Parking Utility who posts the signs 48 hours in advanced of when the signs go into effect. It is then the purchaser’s responsibility to be sure that the signs remain posted throughout the 48 warning period as well as the time that the signs are in effect.
If the sign falls down due to the weather, or if someone removes the sign, or if the sign comes down for any reason, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to report it and replace the fallen sign.
Unfortunately, the use of paper signs that can be ripped, removed, rained on, etc. is not ideal and can cause a host of problems that are not in the purchaser’s control.
What if the sign is posted after I park my car and I don’t see it?
Unfortunately, this happens all the time: you park your car thinking that you can leave it there for a few days without worry, not knowing that someone will post a TNP sign the next day causing you to be illegally parked.
If your car is parked in a TNP zone, the Hoboken Parking Utility will actually attempt to give you a call or send you an email if they have your current information on file. However, if they do no have your information, or if you simply don’t answer their call, they will likely have to tow your car.
This is obviously a big issue. The system is flawed and needs a revamping. Fortunately, the city is mindfully aware of this. I have met with city officials and we are together working on a way in which TNP signs will no longer be such a big ordeal. It may not happen as soon as we’d like, but it is still reassuring to know that this issue is being worked on.
In the meantime…
I suggest that when leaving your car on the street for extended periods of time, maybe just give it a walk-by every 48 hours or so to make sure that no TNP signs have been put up while you were away. It’s much easier than having to track down the towing agency that took it. You may also want to make sure that the HPU has an accurate way in which to contact you if necessary.
Also, if you see a TNP sign posted, don’t be that person who tears it down or moves it. It doesn’t negate the sign, it just adds to the problem. If you see that this has happened, be a good Samaritan and call the HPU to have them replace the sign.
Lastly, if you purchase a TNP sign, make sure that the sign is there 48 hours in advance and periodically check to make sure that nothing has happened to it throughout its duration.
You’ll hear me say it over again throughout this blog and on social media that the solution to the Hoboken parking issue is in all of us coming together as a community. Let’s work together to make small steps towards change, and eventually, we’ll have walked a long way in the right direction.
Have any questions? Something to add? Leave a comment below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget to download the Hoboken Parking Helper application for Android and iPhone to make your parking headaches disappear.