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.

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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.