[Carfreeliving] Matier and Ross: Illegal parking still has cu rb appeal

Brinkman, Cheryl Cheryl.Brinkman at McKesson.com
Mon Mar 13 11:40:56 MST 2006


Which also shows that the parking meters are too cheap, and it would
probably be cost effective to hire more PCOs, and put cameras on street
sweepers.
 
 
"As for the meters themselves, they generated just $24 million in
revenue last fiscal year -- which once again shows that when it comes to
parking, the real money is in the tickets."


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Illegal parking still has curb appeal 
-  <mailto:matierandross at sfchronicle.com> Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
Monday, March 13, 2006 



Next time you get a parking ticket in San Francisco, here's something to
think about -- you're one of the hapless few.

On any given workday, 1 out of 3 vehicles parked in downtown San
Francisco is breaking the rules -- it's either camped in front of an
expired meter, in a street-cleaning zone or maybe at a curb painted a
color that signals a potential infraction.

And the chances that car will get a ticket? Only about 1 in 20,
according to a new in-house survey by the city's Department of Parking
and Traffic.

Department workers who checked 13 downtown and neighboring commercial
districts from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9 found that parking control officers
were toughest in the Financial District, with a "capture rate" on
parking violators of 14 percent.

Best place to get away with it: Stockton Street in Chinatown, where
trucks double-park by the score and regularly overstay their welcome at
meters. The capture rate there is a mere 1 percent.

Municipal Transportation Agency spokeswoman Maggie Lynch said the ticket
shortfall isn't from lack of trying.

"Unlike some cities, our parking officers have to do a lot of other
things as well, like direct traffic,'' Lynch said.

One of the more interesting finds, according to the report, is "use (and
likely abuse)'' of placards for the disabled in the city. About 1 in 10
parked cars surveyed had the blue placards, which allow drivers to park
free and for as long as they like.

In May 2004, there were 32,866 placards for the disabled registered to
San Francisco residents -- an increase of 54 percent since 1995. That
same month, 3,674 temporary placards were issued.

The explosion in the blue placards prompted Parking and Traffic staffers
to make a couple of interesting -- and no doubt controversial --
suggestions.

They include installing meters in blue zones, but without any time
limits on them.

Or allowing a "generous" time limit for the placards -- but a time limit
all the same.

"Those are just staff suggestions,'' Lynch said. She said she wasn't
sure if the city's new transportation director, Nathaniel Ford Sr., had
even seen the report yet.

In any case, any change in disabled parking rules would need state
approval. You can imagine how many politicians would want to take on
that issue.

By the way, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency's 2006 fact
sheet, the city issued 2 million parking tickets last year -- for a take
of $84.9 million.

The biggest share of tickets, 33.7 percent, went for street-cleaning
violations, followed by parking meter violations at 27.5 percent.

As for the meters themselves, they generated just $24 million in revenue
last fiscal year -- which once again shows that when it comes to
parking, the real money is in the tickets.



Tom Radulovich
Executive Director
Transportation for a Livable City
995 Market Street Suite 1550
San Francisco CA 94103
415 344-0489
www.livablecity.org
tom at livablecity.org <mailto:tom at livablecity.org> 




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