West New York cracks down on ‘unlawfully’ parked commercial vehicles

The new law is focused on larger vehicles taking up more than one parking space

A new West New York ordinance enables the town to tow commercial vehicles that are taking up spaces intended for other vehicles.

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at the September 28 meeting to adopt an ordinance amending regulations on commercial vehicles pertaining to parking.

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According to the ordinance, commercial vehicles have increasingly been observed parking in areas where such parking is prohibited.

The ordinance states that the “unlawful” parking of commercial vehicles reduces available spaces for “lawful” parking of vehicles and undermines the Town Code related to commercial vehicles.

According to the ordinance, the town finds that it is in the best interest of the health safety, and welfare of its residents to amend Chapter 277 Article V of the Town Code entitled “Commercial Vehicles” to permit towing of commercial vehicles in violation.

The previous section on violations and penalties was replaced under the new ordinance. Now, any person who violates the ordinance, upon conviction, will be liable to a penalty of not more than $500 for each violation.

Each one hour that a particular violation continues will constitute a separate offense, according to the ordinance. Commercial vehicles parked in prohibited areas may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner’s or operator’s expense.

There were no comments by the public or the board when the ordinance was adopted, and West New York officials have failed to respond to Hudson Reporter requests for comment since the September meeting. However, the town has been looking to delineate where commercial vehicles park by repainting parking space lines on streets among other initiatives that aim to provide more parking for residents.

Some of the repainted parking spaces are larger to allow for commercial vehicles instead of them taking up one and half spaces intended for other vehicles. This ordinance appears to be another step in that direction, with the town seeking to ensure commercial vehicles only park in those larger spaces.

Meanwhile, West New York is looking to add more parking through four garages to be constructed across town. The Board of Commissioners will meet next on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to westnewyorknj.org.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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