Too many parking tickets in SF

By David Hegarty : sfbg – excerpt

OPINION San Francisco made $87 million in parking citation revenue in 2012; roughly double what the city made off actual paid parking meter revenue.

Let that sink in for a minute.

It’s become so hard to park a car in San Francisco that its citizens are paying almost $281,500 a day simply to park, and then they’re cited for doing it wrong.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency should be responsible to the people — to create and maintain clean, orderly streets and transit systems that work for the people who use them.

The responsibility of the SFMTA is not to incentivize government agents to write more tickets and make citizens a passive revenue stream because it’s convenient. Parking citations, in their current form, do not support an ethical citizen-focused approach by the city to parking law and violations.

The simple fact that revenue gained for parking citations is roughly double that of legal, paid parking meter revenue shows an inherent flaw in the system. If it is easier for the city to make money by writing citations, why would it change its systems to create more revenue through meters or alternative means such as license fees or permitting, even if it significantly benefitted citizens of San Francisco? It makes more financial sense to incent its relatively small fleet of parking authority officers to write more tickets…

Conflicting rules and regulations between systems are also a common issue in San Francisco — often signs will contradict themselves or other SFMTA systems, with no clear indication of which rules precede the others. Meters are inconsistent with other regulatory systems in use, permanent parking restriction signs are sometimes missing, hidden, or poorly maintained, and temporary restrictions are often inaccurate — creating grossly unfair conditions for people parking, and incorrectly written tickets by parking enforcement officers…

Ethical parking law would be a clear, mutually fair system which benefits citizens of San Francisco, creates revenue for the city through legal, noncriminal means, and enables a parking environment where citizens can easily follow the rules. Parking law should be optimized for clean, orderly streets and transit programs that are profitable and reliable — instead of convenient revenue.

There must be another way to achieve SFMTA budget requirements than to make the people this government agency should be serving into unintentional criminals.

David Hegarty is the founder of Fixed (, a company that helps customers contest parking tickets… (more)

Staggering Numbers for San Francisco Parking Tickets in 2012

by : GottaPark – excerpt

The city has recently released statistics on parking for fiscal year 2011-2012, and the results are just a tad shocking. According to the numbers, summarized by 7×7 SF, San Francisco parking tickets grossed over $83 million for the city during this time! Yikes!

But there are numbers here that are even more interesting: according to the report, there are 448,000 parking spaces on and off street in San Francisco. Sounds like a lot, right? Maybe not—when you consider that there are 466,448 vehicles owned by SF residents alone. This doesn’t even account for the millions of people each year who visit the City by the Bay on business or vacations, nor the untold thousands who are still out there, stuck in an endless loop of one way streets and “No Left Turn” signs… (more)

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Pay a Citation – excerpt

If you receive a parking or transit citation you must pay or protest the citation by the due date, or you will be subject to late fees and collections fees. Vehicles with five or more parking citations will be subject to booting and/or towing. See the links below for information on parking tips, citation payments, and the protest process. Do not pay a citation if you wish to protest it
If you cannot afford to pay your parking fines, you may be eligible to perform volunteer work or set up a payment plan through a program administered by Project 20. Community service and payment plans are not an option if your vehicle has been booted or towed and you are trying to reclaim it.  For more information on program requirements and fees, please see Project 20 Fact Sheet. You must appear at the SFMTA Customer Service Center to sign-up for Project 20… (more)

What are transit citations? Does the SFMTA hand out moving violations as well as parking tickets?

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Curb your wheels – even on flat roads – or face S.F. Muni wrath

Posted By: Heather Knight : City Insider SFGate – Excerpt

Residents along Chenery Street in Glen Park have been perplexed in recent days to learn they live on a hill. Common sense would say the stretch just east of the canyon is flat, but when you’re talking about the Municipal Transportation Agency, common sense doesn’t always come into play.

Protests are growing amid wide-spread confusion over new signs and new parking rules know only to the enforcement officers. Poor notice of broken meters legislation and other lack of proper notice issues are coming up at SFMTA public meetings.