Take a close look at this photo. This car is parked on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield Center, about a block west of Broad Street. There is a parking ticket on the windshield. Anybody know why?
The Parking Authority in Bloomfield has lately been issuing a little-known ticket called, “Manner of Parking.” When parking at a metered spot, the vehicle’s front bumper must be at or behind the meter post — unlike this one which is aligned with the passenger door. If not positioned properly, you’ll likely find a ticket stuck under your wiper blade when you return.
However, the positioning might be a little tricky. There are no painted lines on Bloomfield Avenue indicating the exact configuration of the parking space, which can make it harder to avoid a violation. In addition, even if there is adequate room between two parked vehicles, if the available space doesn’t allow the car to specifically fit behind the meter, it’s ticket-worthy in the eyes of the Parking Authority.
When asked about this scenario, a Parking Authority representative said, “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
A Bloomfield police officer (who asked not to be named), said that many confused people have approached him in recent days concerning this violation. He admitted the ticket was a bit exacting.
At $30 a pop, perhaps the township is using the “Manner of Parking” violation as a source of revenue in these budget-strapped times?
Because of financial constraints, municipal administrator Frederick Carr told Baristanet that, “there is no plan to paint lines along Bloomfield Avenue to delineate where the parking spaces are.”