NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Eight months after residents' curiosity was piqued by orange spikes all over town, the new residential parking rules are in effect and tickets will be issued for violations starting Monday.

“The warning and education phase is concluding,” said North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti.  “Officers will begin issuing summons starting Monday November 17th, 2014.”

For the past two weeks officers have been leaving pink warning notices on cars that were no obeying the alternate side of the street parking signs.

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The new parking restriction were enacted in 2013 by the Borough Council, but had not been implemented pending the erection of these signs.  For most residential areas in the community on-street parking has been allowed at any time, but that’s changing to allow for better street sweeping and snow clearance.

“All streets with the new parking restriction have the proper signs installed indication the hours parking is prohibited,” said Parenti. “Not all streets are affected.”

If there is no sign designating permitted parking hours, then parking is permitted at all times.

Similar to an alternate side of the street parking rule, the new ordinance will create no parking zones on one side of the street for particular hours.  For a few streets near schools and business districts the no parking ordinance will be once a week from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. to facilitate picking up and dropping off students and commercial activities.

For most residential streets included in the ordinance the one side parking restriction will begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.  The day and restriction end are dependent on the street, but will remain consistent throughout the year.

A full list of the streets with new parking restrictions is available by reading the ordinance at the North Plainfield web site and clicking on the link 13-02, or downloading it as a Word file.