Delinquent parkers and haters of meter maids everywhere rejoice: as the Chron’s Matier and Ross report, despite the SFMTA’s massive budget shortfall and downward-trending revenues, parking ticket fines won’t be going up.
This after a Sept 9 report from their colleague Rachel Gordon, headlined “Parking fine increase being eyed,” which said “Parking ticket fines in San Francisco may go up $3 apiece…the penalty to park at an expired downtown meter would go up to $68 and the fine for parking in a street-cleaning zone would jump to $58.”
Nope, SFMTA’s new head honcho Ed Reiskin tells M&R. “It was an idea that some people thought we should explore, but it’s not something I’m intending to recommend… I think we’ve pretty much hit the limit both on tickets and fare increases.”
Parking fines in SF are some of the highest in the nation, with a $65 fine coming to those who overstay their welcome at downtown meters.
However, parking ticket revenue’s been decreasing for the last 5 years. According to the Chron, fewer tickets continue to be written, leading to a $7 million shortfall in violator revenue again this year.