Supe: “I’ve lived in San Francisco for 16 years and I’ve never seen a double parking ticket issued”

Vehicles double parked on San Francisco streets are the target of a hearing that a city supervisor called for at today’s board meeting.

Supervisor Scott Wiener called for the hearing in response to what he said is “a long-time festering problem in the city.”

Wiener said cars, taxis and other vehicles that double park on city streets clog up traffic and also cause safety problems for bicyclists who have to veer around the stopped cars.

He said he wants San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency parking control officers to provide more consistent enforcement of double parkers.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the agency has issued approximately 22,000 double parking citations in the past year, a number that Wiener questioned.

“I’ve lived in San Francisco for 16 years and I’ve never seen a double parking ticket issued,” he said.

Wiener said more consistent enforcement of double parking, which comes with a $110 ticket, will get drivers to think twice before stopping their vehicles illegally.

“If people believe they may get a double parking ticket, we’ll see a lot less double parking,” he said.

The hearing, which will take place at a future date at the board’s land use and economic development committee, will include reports from SFMTA officials on traffic impacts, enforcement policies and citation statistics.

“We welcome the spotlight on the issue and look forward to working with the supervisor,” Rose said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Virgil Dennis

    One very effective and low cost method of increasing citations of double parkers throughout the City would be the amendment of the TOLE (Transit Only Lane Enforcement – AB101 Fiona Ma 2011) program that allows video based citations by Muni busses traveling on other than the present “Bus Only” routes.
    The program has been in place for a number of years and has shown to be a valuable tool in the MTAs efforts to speed transit times in the downtown corridors. Expanding this program would spread this benefit throughout the city and would be a win-win for everyone.
    The timing might be right for this as our State law makers that feared program mismanagement or privacy concerns can be shown great results achieved.
    The MTA would just need to show the political will to bring this to the legislature for amendment.

  • Virgil Dennis

    One very effective and low cost method of increasing citations of double parkers throughout the City would be the amendment of the TOLE (Transit Only Lane Enforcement – AB101 Fiona Ma 2011) program that allows video based citations by Muni busses traveling on other than the present “Bus Only” routes.
    The program has been in place for a number of years and has shown to be a valuable tool in the MTAs efforts to speed transit times in the downtown corridors. Expanding this program would spread this benefit throughout the city and would be a win-win for everyone.
    The timing might be right for this as our State law makers that feared program mismanagement or privacy concerns can be shown great results achieved.
    The MTA would just need to show the political will to bring this to the legislature for amendment.

  • Pontifikate

    Those DPT people who give tickets to sitting ducks (ie people who may park their cars 1″ into a red zone or who haven’t turned their wheels on a street that seems level) should turn their very expedient attentions to double parkers.

    I would even go so far as having cow catchers on MUNI vehicles to shift cars out of the way. Citizen photos of double-parked vehicles turned into DPT might help. But, please. Ticket cars whose owners show total disregard (parking in dangerous corners so vehicles cannot see oncoming traffic) like double parkers before making the average law-abiding San Franciscan feel like we’re nothing but a cash cow for the city we live in.

  • Pontifikate

    Those DPT people who give tickets to sitting ducks (ie people who may park their cars 1″ into a red zone or who haven’t turned their wheels on a street that seems level) should turn their very expedient attentions to double parkers.

    I would even go so far as having cow catchers on MUNI vehicles to shift cars out of the way. Citizen photos of double-parked vehicles turned into DPT might help. But, please. Ticket cars whose owners show total disregard (parking in dangerous corners so vehicles cannot see oncoming traffic) like double parkers before making the average law-abiding San Franciscan feel like we’re nothing but a cash cow for the city we live in.

  • hoboroadie

    I once had to drive around a car triple-parked on Balboa. Some folks ought to drink their coffee before they get in the car.

  • hoboroadie

    I once had to drive around a car triple-parked on Balboa. Some folks ought to drink their coffee before they get in the car.

  • Elizabeth Frantes

    I’ve never seen ’em ticked the “gridlockers” which is an extreme hazard, esp in an emergency. NYC makes it a priority to ticket ’em. And how about some videos on ambulances and firetrucks and a public page so we can see who is blocking ’em when they are responding? I know I’m old, but when I learned to drive, it was the law to get the smeg outta the way when those lights and sirens approached. Too many people, too many vehicles in a small space, of course we have a lot of problems. Those who approve of even more condo towers and more hirise office buildings are the cause of the problem(s) because until the FineSwine years, parking was really not that big a deal. Yes, carpetbaggers, ’tis true, we had jobs, cheap rents and PARKING in SF, as well as artistes of all kinds. No more music/art/lit scene except for posers like the rest of you arrivistes.

  • Elizabeth Frantes

    I’ve never seen ’em ticked the “gridlockers” which is an extreme hazard, esp in an emergency. NYC makes it a priority to ticket ’em. And how about some videos on ambulances and firetrucks and a public page so we can see who is blocking ’em when they are responding? I know I’m old, but when I learned to drive, it was the law to get the smeg outta the way when those lights and sirens approached. Too many people, too many vehicles in a small space, of course we have a lot of problems. Those who approve of even more condo towers and more hirise office buildings are the cause of the problem(s) because until the FineSwine years, parking was really not that big a deal. Yes, carpetbaggers, ’tis true, we had jobs, cheap rents and PARKING in SF, as well as artistes of all kinds. No more music/art/lit scene except for posers like the rest of you arrivistes.