When it comes to campus parking , getting close to your destination can make or break your day.
“Parking is a problem, says Parking Coordinator Beverley Wilson. There’s not a lot of space. Both the students and staff don’t want to adhere to the rules, but rather they be an exception to the rules.”
Did you ever wonder who regulated the parking on and around campus? More importantly, did you know the rates for parking violations and where the designated areas are in which students are allowed to park? Wilson states, “Our biggest challenge is that students as well as some of the faculty do not take the time to read the information that is provided for them when they receive a parking permit. Then they act surprised when they receive a ticket.”
How many students and staff actually take the time to look over or keep up with the parking information given to them at receipt of their parking permit on top of the tons of other information that overwhelmingly gets lost in the mix of students arrival at Rutgers. As many of you know, parking on or around campus can be a bit crazy at times and the rates can be steep.
It can get much worse if you have no knowledge of where to get permits for the parking lots or what the consequences are when you park in unauthorized areas or near meters.
How many of you have found yourself rushing to class, looking for a place to park and hoping for a miracle, that there’s a parking space available close enough to where you have to go so that you can make it on time. Nine out of 10 times, I’m that student who’s just making it on time.
Let’s see what the rates are and who regulates them. The meters around and near the campus are regulated by the city of Camden. According to Camden Parking Authority, twenty-five cents will give you 15 minutes on the meter. If your meter has ran out or you decided that you would quickly run in and out and did not put any money in the meter, then the penalty may cost you more than a week’s parking in a lot. A $29 fine is the consequence of parking at an unpaid meter.
According to Officer Jon Biondi,“Security officers issue the tickets in the parking lots and street parking near unauthorized areas such as fire hydrants and fire zones are issued by the Rutgers Police. Unpaid tickets issued by security officers can postpone graduation and if you miss a court date for a ticket given by Rutgers police, you may receive a warrant for your arrest and students that ignore the tickets after three tickets a boot is placed on their vehicles.”
I’m sure many of you can attest to being that person who arrived to your vehicle minutes after receiving a ticket. Some of you may have arrived just as the meter maid or officer was writing up the ticket. If you were hoping that the process could be stopped or reversed, it was too late. Once the process begins, it can’t be stopped.
When it comes to parking in the parking lots things are a bit different because those areas are regulated by the Rutgers Police Department. Rates may vary depending on if you’re a resident or commuter. For this semester the rates for half year student permits are: $185 for residents to park in Lots C12, C13 or lot 11(shuttle), $139.10 for day commuters in lots C1, C2, C3, C14 or lot 11, $90.95 for night commuters in lots C1, C2, C3, C14, or lot 11(shuttle) or you can purchase a decal for $5 a day.
For parking in the unauthorized areas are as follows: $15 for vehicles not registered to a parking permit, $15 for failure to display dashboard permits, $25 for hangtag not displayed and for students parked in faculty lots, $50 for no valid permit and parking in reserved spaces belonging to others. There’s also a $50 fee for the removal of a boot which was the result of three or more unpaid tickets.
I highly recommend that students as well as the staff take the time to know this information before making the decision to park in various areas on or around campus.You can find this information here. On the flip side, I wonder how many of us ever took in to consideration the perspective of those individuals whose job is to write the tickets.
if you get the chance, take the time to ask the ticket writer for information without any animosity towards the person. Maybe they’re just doing their job and we are the ones who need to be mindful of the rules and regulations set forth by both the city of Camden Parking Authority and the Rutgers Camden Parking Authority.
If the biggest challenge is students and faculty reading the information about the parking system here at Rutgers. It would be much easier to remain educated on the parking system and fees for violations if the information was dumbed down, easily accessed digitally or made available by use of a mobile device.