Parking Rules Resume Monday Nov. 19, Damaged Cars Must be Towed

If your car was damaged in the flood it must be towed by Monday Nov. 19.

For one more week, enforcement of permit parking regulations and alternate side parking for street cleaning will remain suspended, according to an announcement from the city.

Partial enforcement resumes on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., the city announced. If you park east of Bloomfield Street, you'll have to feed the meter starting Tuesday.

All other non-permit and non-street cleaning parking enforcement is in effect startin Tuesday. (For example: parking too close to a crosswalk, stop sign, fire hyrdrant, in a bus stop, driveway, car-sharing space, handicapped space, temporary "No Parking" signs, and parking on the sidewalk.)

Any vehicle that was stranded and damaged in the flood caused by Sandy will have to be towed by Monday Nov. 19. A car without plates will be considered abandoned.

Also from the city:

If you believe your vehicle has been towed, first call the Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 or the Police Department at 201-420-2100 to determine if your vehicle has been towed and to which location. 

For those taking a Hoboken taxi to a tow yard, the City is now offsetting the full cost of the fare, so long as a receipt is provided by the taxi driver. The taxi fare must be paid to the taxi driver, after which a receipt should be requested. The receipt must indicate the date, time, cost, taxi number and driver name. The City will then deduct the fare amount from the towing fee after a receipt has been provided to the tow yard contractor. Regular taxi fares to the four towing companies are: Mile Square Towing: $5, John's Main Auto Body: $17, Logan Towing: $21, Truchan Brothers: $23.

Outofcontrol November 11, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The city really should wait a bit longer. Insurance companies can't get the cars out of town by Monday. There are literally hundreds of cars that still need to be towed. Enforcing parking rules will only add to the misery that folks have been experiencing.
concerned November 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I agree with you. Our van is still there,our insurance has thousands of car's to tow all over. Mayor should give the owners of these cars time for the insurance company to pick up the car's.
Lance November 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
This is exactly what you should do to people who not only lost there belongings but also there car. What a joke. I have been calling state farm daily to ket them know wjat is going on and they like you guys said have tons to pick up. Hoboken should be embarrassed to even think this. As if we really want to be reminded that we don't have a car anymore. Giving a ticket does not move the car nor does it teach you a lesson. It simply pisses you off and gives you another bad taste in your mouth about this town.
Fire Carmelo Garcia November 12, 2012 at 05:22 AM
To the prior posters I do hear what you are saying but are you saying you on your own cant get your car towed by a local towing company in the meantime instead of waiting on your insurance company? That sounds kind of strange? Clearly the local towing companies are available and why should the city be littered with cars that cannot be moved and with many having broken windows which is a hazard to all. On top of that, you knew this storm was coming and were warned about flooding, yet you kept your cars parked on the street even when the city warned everyone of what might happen? To now blame the city is silly, you need to take responsibility for your error in judgement and deal with this accordingly.
Rory Chadwick November 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I'm split here. I agree with No fan of in respect to the city did warn everyone and if you didn't move it then you took on the risk of having your car flooded. Hoboken is known as a town where if you spill your drink, there is a flood somewhere. It was evident this would occur especially mixed in with a Nor'easter. However there are many people that are new to town who are unaware of the flooding issues as well as people that have been here and were either away or in a position to not move their vehicles. Perhaps the city will extend only the unmovable cars another week and let everything else go in to effect. The city has extended the rules for another week, they have the ability to extend it should they deem the situation is worse a week from now.
FAP November 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
This seems very reasonable. The storm hit on October 29th and the City isn't towing damaged cars until November 19th, three full weeks after the storm. If three weeks isn't reasonable to have a car towed what is?
HobokenTownie November 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I feel terrible that your property was damaged, but the cleanup must continue. There is nothing preventing you from moving your car to a lot or another location - private tow companies. Additionally, if your car gets towed by the city there is an argument that the insurance company will have to pay the tab.
XJS November 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Many people called on October 31 to have their cars towed and still haven't had it happen. In my building alone, about half of the cars are still in our garage because of the backup. I was told by a tow truck driver yesterday that they could only take the 2 cars on their list, despite 3 others being part of the same insurance company and having room on the truck. They were towing the 2 down to Trenton to be appraised & re-sold for parts. The team was out of Louisiana and told me that people from as far away as Iowa were driving tow trucks in our town to get rid of the cars. Over 250,000 cars in the NYC metro are destroyed. It takes time to remove them. If my car had been on the street instead of in my garage, I would not pay to tow it to a yard & then pay for storage at the yard. I'd just take my chances on street cleaning tickets until the tow truck got there. I also wouldn't remove my plates until the truck was coming.
Ojo Rojo November 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Saw a couple trucks from Texas yesterday out towing cars.
XJS November 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I saw Alabama plates today! It's a party in Hoboken.
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