When Is It OK to Park In Front Of A Driveway In San Francisco?

cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — When is it okay to park in front of a driveway in San Francisco?

San Francisco MTA Spokesman Paul Rose says the answer is simple.  “If you don’t own the property, don’t park in front of it because you could be cited, or you could be towed.”

Any car blocking a driveway has to be registered to the address, but the city won’t generally ticket or two from in front of a driveway unless someone complains.

Residents are allowed to park in their own driveways as long as the vehicle doesn’t extend into the sidewalk.

For a complete list of parking rules, check the SFMTA website.

SFMTA Spent $27 Million on Settlements Last Year

By: Victoria Holliday : resetsanfrancisco – excerpt

Reset research found that last year SFMTA spent $27 million on settling lawsuits levied against the MTA. These MTA settlements accounted for one-third of the $71 million total the city spent on settlements. The MTA had the most settlements of any single city department.

San Francisco Man Sues SFMTA for Improperly Towing His Ride

SFMTA could spend even more on settlements this year if the on-going class action lawsuit against it for improper tows is settled.

Riley got his refund, but he did not stop there. In 2010, he filed a class action lawsuit against the SFMTA for improperly towing his car based on a non-existing city statute. And with that, Riley is set to become a hero to frustrated San Francisco parkers.

The Class Action Lawsuit

The crux of Riley’s case is this: the city claims it has the right to haul off legally parked vehicles after 72 hours (residential parking permit or not) based on a state vehicle code, while Riley says they can’t because no such ordinance exists here in San Francisco. The SFMTA certainly has reason for towing cars after a certain period – nobody wants abandoned cars in their neighborhoods. But Riley’s lawsuit claims that there was no signage regarding the towing of cars with residential parking permits after 72 hours on the block where he parked. Even more, Riley contends no such sign exists anywhere in San Francisco. But that didn’t stop SFMTA from towing his vehicle and hitting Riley with $915 in tow fees.

Should Riley succeed, untold numbers of San Franciscans may be due a refund from the SFMTA. Given that our research shows SFMTA spent $68,000 on improper tow refunds last year alone, there is a pretty solid chance that the number could be substantial.

Stay tuned to follow this story… (more)

SF to study impacts of removing fees for retrieving towed stolen cars 

ConsumerWatch: Heeding Posted Signs At SF Mall Results In A Towing

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Next time you park in a private lot consider you may be towed even though you’ve abided by the posted signs. Two San Francisco siblings recently learned that the hard way at Stonestown Galleria mall…
A Stonestown representative said, “even though (she) went to the mall, (she) should have been the operator of the vehicle.” It did not matter how much she spent at the mall because she was not the driver of the car, her brother was.
There are no posted signs, nor any online information, that indicates a Stonestown patron also has to be the driver of the car in order to avoid being towed…
“Where is the posted policy that says the patron has to be the operator of the vehicle, he asked.
According to a Stonestown spokesperson, that policy doesn’t exist.  Representatives refused to reconsider the tow or provide a statement for this story.  The Department of Justice is now investigating whether the policy is a violation of the American’s With Disabilities Act.
The Changs are planning to sue the mall in small claims court. Legal experts believe they ate entitled to twice the cost of the tow… (more)