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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city’s parking authority will begin enforcing alternate side parking regulations on Tuesday April 1, requiring drivers to park on only one side of certain streets twice each week.
The unpopular regulations are meant to allow the Department of Public Works’ street sweepers to go right up to the curb, but violators frequently end up in the way, leading to large numbers of parking tickets.
“In order to do their job properly, street sweepers need curbs to be clear of vehicles,” says literature distributed by the New Brunswick Parking Authority this week.
“By leaving your vehicle on the street when the sweeper arrives, you are preventing the curb line in that area from being cleaned… Be a good neighbor, obey the alternate side parking rules and move your vehicle.”
According to the parking authority, signs are posted on each street advising when street sweeping will take place and when alternate side parking is required so that street-sweeping crews can clear the streets of debris.
Generally, each side of each street has a two-hour period where it is off-lmits, inconveniencing parkers twice per week.
Officials with the city’s parking authority have said that cars are not ticketed once the street sweeper has done its job, even if parking is still technically prohibited.
The impact of alternate side parking is particularly felt in areas near Rutgers University campuses, where parking remains at a premium until the spring semester concludes in about six weeks.
Tickets for alternate side parking will cost violators $27 if they are found guilty.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.