MonkeyParking, a parking app that allows users to auction off their public parking spots to the highest bidder, temporarily suspended their operations today in response to a cease and desist letter from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent on June 23. According to Herrera’s letter:
“Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and MonkeyParking is not one of them. It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate. Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely — to engage in online bidding wars while driving.”… (more)
How can Herrera make these claims against MonkyParking that apply to other smart phone apps?
1. They all encourage use of mobile devices while driving.
2. They all put the drivers on the hook for $300 fines.
3. All private parking deals create the predatory private parking market.
MonkeyParking Slips Up parkwhiz – excerpt
San Francisco’s Stance: On Monday morning, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter to MonkeyParking, citing Police Code Section 63 (b): “It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to enter into a lease, rental agreement or contract of any kind, written or oral, with or without compensation, for the use of any street or sidewalk.” And Section 63 (c): “As an alternative to any other fines or penalties applicable to a violation of this section, any person, firm or corporation who is in violation of this section shall be subject to an administrative penalty not to exceed $300 for each violation.” Failure to adhere to the provisions in San Francisco could set MonkeyParking back $2,500 per infraction under enforcement of California’s Unfair Competition Law. Herrera and the citizens of San Francisco share a common, clear-cut theme: “We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit“… (more)