SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ _- Beginning on July 6, Scotch Plains Police will strictly enforce all parking ordinances in the downtown business area, Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

Police will more diligently enforce the following parking ordinances:

  • One- and two-hour parking (Township Ordinance 7-3.6)
  • Overnight parking (Township Ordinance 7-3.8)

Local residents and business owners who park in the municipal lots will be issued permits that can be obtained at the Scotch Plains Police Department in the Municipal Building.

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“The main thing is that we will enforce the time limit,” said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley in an interview with TAPintoSPF. “People are parking all day and taking up prime spots in the municipal lots and on Park Avenue. This hurts local businesses.”

Conley said that the department’s parking enforcement squad will oversee enforcement and will be “electronically chalking tires.” Officers will use tablets to take pictures of cars and their license plates in the spots and then return one hour or two hours later. Cars that stay past the allotted time period will be ticketed. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.