Midtown NYC debut of new DOT parking signs make life easier for drivers

Even those with parking violations expertise like NYC Ticket Fighter have taken pause when trying to interpret the parking signage of yore… (more)
This past Monday marked the debut of newly designed and simplified parking regulations signs in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, replacing 6,300 signs of varying colors, typefaces, font sizes, language that required a “Ph.D in parking signage,” according to NYC Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick…
Pentagram Design worked with DOT on creating a consistent layout, reducing wording to Twitter-length from 250 to 140 characters, placing the day of regulation before the hours, eliminating abbreviations – overall, making the signs shorter and easier to read.  You’ll also notice the elimination of the “Pay at Munimeter” signs, since the phasing out of the old single-space parking meters in 2011… (more)

San Francisco drivers deserve the same treatment. Consistent, legible signs, placed at a reasonable height and properly lit so that anyone can see them as they drive by.

Today (1/19/13) every car parked on the east side of Florida Street between Mariposa and 18th got a $57 ticket for violating VC22502A:

Story submitted by a neighbor

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22502.htm
V C Section 22502 Curb Parking: Curb Parking “22502.  (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb, except that a motorcycle shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. Where no curbs or barriers bound a two-way roadway, right-hand parallel parking is required unless otherwise indicated.”

Although the tickets said the violation was for “Over 18 in from curb” parking, I suspect they were actually ticketed just for parking perpendicular to the curb, rather than parallel (none of the cars I saw were parked more than 18 inches from the curb, and only a couple hung over the curb 18 inches). I do not think there is any sign there explicitly allowing perpendicular parking…  

Steps to take when you get a questionable ticket:
1. Take photographs of the scene
2. Log the details on the following site: DPTwatch.com
3. Complain to the MTA your Supervisor, nextdoor.com yelp, etc. 7×7 Parking Guru
4. Sign the Petition to Stop SFMTA
5. Fill out the parking survey
6. Talk to your neighbors

RELATED:
Slowly Turning Anarchist
More posts About parking
NYC Parking Ticket Fighter