Eleven percent of the parking meters throughout Montclair are now out of commission, up from the 4.5% reported in June.
And residents have taken to social media to vent their frustration over getting tickets for parking at inoperable meters. In June, officials reminded residents that township parking provisions state that drivers cannot park at a meter without using some sort of payment method. If the meter is broken, motorists should use the ParkMobile app, the township warned, or risk a ticket. Jason Gleason, executive director of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, said the message that the township is trying to convey — that motorists either use the app or find another parking place when a meter is inoperable — isn’t working. “I have heard from a number of businesses, who have heard from a number of customers who have gotten tickets at these meters,” Gleason said. “It’s not ideal for the business community.”