Drivers beware: NJ could allow ‘smart’ parking meters that enable near-instant ticketing

There may soon be a lot less leeway — and more tickets — for drivers who overstay their welcome at parking meters.

New Jersey is on the verge of allowing municipalities to install “smart” meters that use cameras to monitor traffic flow and enable authorities to issue near-instant tickets for overtime violations.

A five-minute grace period — or slightly more, if towns opt for it — is all drivers would get to feed the meter after parking and to leave the spot after their time expires. Otherwise, they can expect a summons in the mail along with time-stamped license-plate photos that will be hard to refute.

If the Senate approves a bill clearing the way for the devices, as the Assembly did in January, it would head to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, for final approval or a veto.