San Francisco parking violations generate millions
It’s no secret that finding a parking space in San Francisco is next to impossible with the increasing number of drivers.
With scarce parking spaces, drivers sometimes find themselves parking in tow-away zones, double parking, or blocking residential drive ways. And in rare cases, on sidewalks. Drivers pay a steep price for such violations.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) issued a total of 1,365,871 parking citations in 2015, according to a 2015 SFTMA report. Here’s the breakdown:
- 509,844 (37.3 percent) were street cleaning citations
- 265,970 (19.5 percent) were parking meter violations
- 163,996 (12 percent) were residential permit parking citations
- 44,182 (3.2 percent) were tow-away zone violations
San Francisco has one of the most expensive parking violation systems in the country, according to CBS SF.
The revenue from San Francisco parking citations generated a whopping $88,261,220 in 2015 alone. As of July 1, 2017, parking violations and fines have increased:
- $73 for a street cleaning violation
- $110 for parking in an intersection
- $98 for tow-away zone (outside of downtown)
Despite the increase in fines, San Francisco streets are still crowded with vehicular commuters and ride-hailing services. The latter group’s rampant double parking in bike lanes, according to a Reddit forum, has also helped generate even more coin for the city.
- 2015 SFMTA Factsheet [SF MTA]
- San Francisco Treasurer Looks To Give Low-Income Residents A Parking Break [CBS SF]