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Bayonne announces free parking program for holiday shopping

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The Bayonne Parking Utility lots will offer free four-hour parking for non-commercial vehicles throughout the month of December, Mayor James Davis has announced.

The free parking hours in the lots will run from Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Jan. 2. Regular parking charges will resume for non-commercial vehicles on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

“The purpose of the four-hour free parking program in the lots is to encourage people to shop in Bayonne during the holiday season,” Davis said. “The Parking Utility deserves our thanks for offering free four-hour parking to non-commercial vehicles in the lots during the 2021 holiday season.”

On certain dates in the holiday season that will be announced, parking charges will not be enforced for the entire day. Otherwise, the free parking will be limited to four hours.

In some previous years, there was free parking around the clock for a month. However, the program was abused by certain commuters who left their vehicles in free spaces all day, in order to avoid paying for spaces at Light Rail stations. That is why the holiday season parking program was modified to allow four hours of free parking at a time for a given non-commercial vehicle, Davis said.

The four-hour program does not apply to commercial vehicles or to on-street parking meters. All commercial and non-commercial drivers must continue feeding the meters on the streets. The paid permit program for commercial vehicles that park overnight in the lots will remain in effect.

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