In an attempt to either make it that much harder to own a car in SF or legitimately cut back on parking meter vandalism, the Board of Supervisors has given preliminary approval of a proposed rule to limit those parking in front of busted meters to a two hour time limit.
As the Ex reports, the rule is hoped to result in less monopolization of such lucrative spots and even less meter vandalism.
According to a January, 2011 report from Streeetsblog, under the current broken meter policy, which allows drivers to park for free as long as the posted time limit (anywhere from 3 minutes to 4 hours) allows, “some drivers may find more incentive to disable meters and take advantage of the longer time limits.”
The SFMTA backs up that claim, saying that out of the 26,000 meters in the city, between 300 and 500 are vandalized each day.
If the policy moves forward, violators of the two hour rule will pay the same fine as they would for an expired meter: $65 downtown and $55 everywhere else.
Final approval of the proposal is expected to be issued next week.