By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer -excerpt
Drivers beware: If you double-park in a Muni-only lane, The City is coming for you.
Among a bevy of newly signed bills Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1287, which makes permanent San Francisco’s pilot Transit-Only Lane Enforcement (TOLE) program.
Authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco, TOLE is designed to speed up the multitudes of red painted transit-only lanes criss-crossing The City.
Under the program, Muni buses onboard video were enlisted to help enforce the law. Those cameras snap photos of license plates belonging to double-parkers who block transit-only lanes, which only buses and taxis may legally use. Those license plates are then checked in a database, and the drivers ticketed by mail.
But this doesn’t just target private auto drivers. In a 2011, approximately 23% of the TOLE citations were issued to commercial vehicles, according to the SFMTA….
TOLE was introduced in 2007 as a pilot program by then-Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Chiu’s bill makes the program permanent, but also expands the scope of enforcement, allowing SFMTA to ticket for “blocking the box” at intersections, and illegally parking in bus zones that may not necessarily be in transit only lanes.
These citations are parking tickets, not moving violations… (more)