SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department is introducing an "Extended Time Parking Permit" for businesses that may have patrons that will be visiting their establishment for longer than the allowed parking time limits.

"For example, hair salons may have customers whose treatments will go longer than 2 hours," explained Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. "The extended parking permit will be beneficial to downtown businesses as well as their customers."

According to the police chief, it is the business owners' responsibility to make sure that they get the permits back from their patrons or their will be a hefty fee to purchase replacement permits.

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"The reason for this is that we do not want to have several extended permits around town abusing the exemption that has been created," Conley said.

Downtown business owners who would like to apply for the Extended Time Parking Permits, should call Sgt. Jerry Brown of the Traffic Bureau at (908) 322-7100 x 104 or email J.Brown@scotchplainspd.org.

Chief Conley believes that parking is in the forefront of downtown redevelopment in Scotch Plains.

"It is a primary concern of ours. We welcome feedback from customers and businesses," Conley added. "We are tweaking them as we go along. It's about improving going forward."