Driveway parking permits

To the Editor:

On March 14, the Bayonne City Council proposed an amendment to Chapter 7 of the municipal code. The purpose is to allow residents to park in their driveway on the street. Two state regulations are in play here, 39:4-138(d) which makes it improper to park in front of a driveway and 39:4-138.3 which allows municipalities to “permit the parking of motor vehicles in front of private driveways whenever both the motor vehicle and driveway involved are owned by the same person, whenever the motor vehicle is owned by a member of the same household as the owner of the private driveway, …” On the surface this sounds fantastic. The city is going to allow homeowners to park in front of their driveways but there is a caveat; you will be required to purchase special parking permits from the city at a cost of $50, thus creating a new revenue source for the city at the taxpayers’ expense. The ordinance will also allow you to give your permit to anyone of your choosing, which is permissible by state statute. A property owner could decide not to use his or her driveway and sell the permit to someone for a fee. I do not see anything that stops a property owner from parking on the street and selling his or her permit for a monthly or yearly fee. I find two potential flaws with this ordinance, 1) You have to pay a fee to park in front of your driveway and 2) you can profit from this by selling your parking right. Based on how people behave it is logical to conclude that people will try to capitalize on this. Although the ordinance on the surface is to help alleviate parking it could actually create more parking problems. I think the city and residents should oppose the ordinance as written and it should be adjusted to remove the permit fee and, if permissible by law, disallow the transfer of the permit to nonresidents of the property. If these conditions cannot be met it should not be adopted to the Chapter 7 local ordinance.