Saturday, August 28, 2010

Motorcycles and Vespas will be exempt from Hoboken's new Muni-meters

I just read the resolution packet for this upcoming Council meeting.  There is a resolution to adopt the changes needed to enforce the new muni-meters (spaceless parking meters) on Washington and eventually all metered parking.  Motorcyles, including Vespas (I love my Vespa - it's more than a motorcycle) will be exempt from paying the meters.

To use a muni meter, you have to go to a kiosk that is about mid-way on the block on the sidewalk where you purchase a ticket that prints the time you bought it, the date and when the time expires.  You then have to place that in your car window, on the dash, on the driver's side.  Clearly, on a motorcycle, there is no secure place to put such a ticket so for the time being, the city has made motorcycles exempt from having to pay!!

In talking with the Director of Parking and Transportation, Ian Sacs, the rationale is as follows:
  1. Muni-meters accept credit cards and make it easier for people who don't have the exact change.
  2. Less cash means less opportunity for theft.  - Last year the former Director of Parking, John Corea was indicted for stealing ~$600,000 in quarters from the meters.  Even if the user puts in cash, it creates an electronic record of how much should be collected-great control and measure!
  3. Less cash also means, the parking utility can collect what cash is used more quickly cutting down on operating costs and in the end our taxes. They also only have to go to 2 kiosks to collect the cash for each block - one for either side of the street.
  4. Because the spots are not marked, we get one or two more spots per street as each vehicle only takes as much space as it needs to park.  As people continue to buy Minis and Smartcars or just smaller cars in general, more space will be available.
  5. Motorcycles and Vespas take up less space which is good for Hoboken's traffic congestion.  They also get much better gas mileage.  La Vespina gets about 60 miles to the gallon - even electric cars can't beat that.  Plus, they look so good.  You have to appreciate the Italian sense of fashion.

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty

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