The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors yesterday approved a resolution supporting a set of policy recommendations to improve parking access for people with disabilities. Many of these policy recommendations will require state legislative changes. The recommendations, developed by the City’s Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee (Committee), a stakeholder group comprised primarily of disability rights advocates, include proven solutions used in other jurisdictions that are designed to increase access to parking for people with disabilities and improve parking availability for all drivers.
In October 2012, the SFMTA and the Mayor’s Office on Disability convened the Committee, and after six months of collaborative work the group came to a broad consensus on a package of policy recommendations to increase access to parking for people with disabilities and reduce disabled parking placard misuse. Under these policies, the SFMTA will:
- Increase the number of blue zones
- Improve enforcement of placard misuse
- Direct an equivalent amount of SFMTA revenue received from parking meters installed in blue zones to accessibility improvements
- Seek state legislative support for
- Increasing oversight of the placard approval process
- Allowing local jurisdictions to remove the meter payment exemption
- Allowing local jurisdictions to establish reasonable time limits for placard holders in metered spaces and blue zones
This is where the lobbying comes in. Let the city officials and state representatives know how you feel about SFMTA’s lobbying efforts against the taxpayers of California. This is one of many state laws the SFMTA wants to change. They already reduced the required votes needed to pass a new car license tax for San Francisco drivers. You will see a bill to increase your fees on the 2014 ballot.