SF Mayor’s Hybrid SUV is So Heavy it Needs an Exemption to be Legal on Many Streets

Here it is – the official SUV of the mayor of San Francisco. See it, with umpty-ump “HYBRID” badges and decals? The problem with this heavy vehicle is that if you bought one just like it for yourself, you’d be prohibited from using it on many San Francisco streets under Section 501 of the San Francisco Transportation Code.  

SEC. 501.  VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

(a)   Prohibition.  Operation of a vehicle with gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the Streets listed in Section 501(b), or the operation of a vehicle with unladen weight in excess of 18,000 pounds on any Street listed in Section 501(c) is a violation of Division I, Section 10.2.36 (Weight Restricted Streets).

(b)   6,000 lbs Limits.  No person shall operate a vehicle of a gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the following Streets:

Is your home on a “Weight Restricted Street? Read on to find out. Click to expand:

(1)   25th Street, between Sanchez and Dolores Streets.
(2)   26th Street, between Church and Sanchez Streets.
(3)   27th Street between Douglass and Castro Streets.
(4)   28th Street between Douglass and Diamond Streets.
(5)   29th Street between Diamond and Castro Street.
(6)   34th Avenue between Wawona and Yorba Streets.
(7)   Alabama Street, between Ripley Street and South Precita Avenue.
(8)   Albion Street, between 15th and 17th Streets.
(9)   Alhambra Street, between Scott Street and Cervantes Boulevard.
(10)   Anza Vista Avenue between O’Farrell and Baker Streets.
(11)   Bacon Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(12)   Baker Street between Terra Vista Avenue and Turk Street.
(13)   Baker Street, between Union Street Avenue and Marina Boulevard…

That’s right, #13 talks about “Union Street Avenue.” Oh well. (See the full list after the jump.)

The problem comes from adding the hybrid stuff weighing 400 pounds to a regular Chevy Tahoe SUV. That pushes the gross weight with the driver and who all else up over three short tons. And that means that this vehicle needs an exemption to be legal on many blocks of S.F.

But we’re in luck. Check out exemption (6) below: Any vehicle owned by the City while being used in the course of official business. That’s the ticket. So let’s review. Your heavy Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid with a saddled up weight of over 6000 lbs. = prohibited on some City streets. The mayor’s exact same model of heavy Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid with a saddled up weight of over 6000 lbs. = not prohibited on any City street.

Now last year, this larger Lincoln SUV was being used by the mayor. It probably also needed the exemption to be legal. (Note the different brands of tires left and right(!?) Can you see how the treads are totally dissimilar? This unorthodox arrangement, the kind of which the Costco tire department wouldn’t even begin to imagine letting you try, was labeled “safe” by one of the mayor’s spinmeisters. O.K. fine.) 

The official SUV the mayor was driven around in last year. Click on the photo to expand and you’ll see the tire treads. Any accident investigator would have found this setup interesting to say the least. Anyway, bygones.

Am I saying it’s agin the law for you to drive your own damn Lincoln Navigator up your own damn street? Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Unless you fit into one of the exemptions below, you are prohibited from driving on the blocks listed after the jump.

Check it out.

(d)   Exemptions.  The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to:
(1)   Any vehicle which is subject to the provisions of Sections 1031 to 1036, inclusive, of the California Public Utilities Code and which has received a certificate from the CPUC pursuant to those Sections declaring that the public necessity and convenience require the operation of the vehicle, provided that the certificate authorizes that vehicle to be operated within the City, and the vehicle is being operated for the purpose authorized in the certificate. This exemption shall not apply to vehicles operated as round-trip sightseeing tour service as defined by the CPUC;
(2)   Any commercial vehicle coming from an unrestricted Street having ingress and egress by direct route to and from that portion of the restricted Streets set forth below, when necessary for the purpose of making pickups of refuse, pickups or deliveries of passengers, goods, wares and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on such restricted Street, or for the purpose of delivering materials or equipment to be used in the actual and bona fide repairs, alteration, remodeling or construction of such restricted Street, or for any building or structure upon such restricted Street for which a building permit has previously been obtained;
(3)   Any vehicle owned by a public utility while in use in the construction, installation or repair of any public utility;
(4)   Transit vehicles operated by the SFMTA along a regularly scheduled route;
(5)   School buses when operated for the transportation of school pupils;
(6)   Any vehicle owned by the City while being used in the course of official business;
(7)   Emergency vehicles.
(SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 08-151, 8/19/2008)

All the deets, after the jump.

SEC. 501.  VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

(a)   Prohibition.  Operation of a vehicle with gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the Streets listed in Section 501(b), or the operation of a vehicle with unladen weight in excess of 18,000 pounds on any Street listed in Section 501(c) is a violation of Division I, Section 10.2.36 (Weight Restricted Streets).
(b)   6,000 lbs Limits.  No person shall operate a vehicle of a gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the following Streets:
(1)   25th Street, between Sanchez and Dolores Streets.
(2)   26th Street, between Church and Sanchez Streets.
(3)   27th Street between Douglass and Castro Streets.
(4)   28th Street between Douglass and Diamond Streets.
(5)   29th Street between Diamond and Castro Street.
(6)   34th Avenue between Wawona and Yorba Streets.
(7)   Alabama Street, between Ripley Street and South Precita Avenue.
(8)   Albion Street, between 15th and 17th Streets.
(9)   Alhambra Street, between Scott Street and Cervantes Boulevard.
(10)   Anza Vista Avenue between O’Farrell and Baker Streets.
(11)   Bacon Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(12)   Baker Street between Terra Vista Avenue and Turk Street.
(13)   Baker Street, between Union Street Avenue and Marina Boulevard.
(14)   Barcelona Avenue between Terra Vista and Anza Vista Avenues.
(15)   Bay Street, between Laguna Street and Columbus Avenue.
(16)   Beaumont Avenue, between Turk and Anza Streets.
(17)   Blanken Avenue, between Tunnel Avenue and Executive Park Boulevard.
(18)   Broderick Street between Richardson Avenue and Union Street.
(19)   Broderick Street, between O’Farrell Street and Turk Street.
(20)   Brussels Street between Silver Avenue and Burrows Street.
(21)   Buchanan Street between Broadway and Union Streets.
(22)   Buchanan Street, between Lombard and Chestnut Streets.
(23)   Burrows Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(24)   Cayuga Avenue, between Geneva and Foote Avenues.
(25)   Cedro Avenue, between Mercedes Way and Ocean Avenue.
(26)   Cerritos Avenue, between Mercedes Way and Ocean Avenue.
(27)   Cervantes Boulevard between Fillmore Street and Marina Boulevard.
(28)   Cesar Chavez Street between Church and Noe Streets.
(29)   Chattanooga Street, between Twenty-first and Jersey Streets.
(30)   Chestnut Street between Montgomery and Sansome Streets.
(31)   Chestnut Street, between Laguna Street and Van Ness Avenue.
(32)   Chestnut Street, between Lyon Street and Broderick Street.
(33)   Chestnut Street, between Polk Street and Columbus Avenue.
(34)   Claremont Boulevard, between Portola Drive and Taraval Street.
(35)   Clipper Street, between Diamond Heights Boulevard and Dolores Street.
(36)   College Avenue, between Genebern Way and Mission Street.
(37)   Commonwealth Avenue between Geary Boulevard and California Street.
(38)   Corbett Avenue, between Clayton and Seventeenth Streets.
(39)   Crane Street between Paul Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
(40)   Del Vale Avenue between Evelyn Way and O’Shaughnessy Boulevard.
(41)   Delano Avenue, between Geneva and Ottawa Avenues.
(42)   Dewey Boulevard, between Laguna Honda Boulevard and Taraval Street.
(43)   Diamond Heights Boulevard between the westerly leg of Berkeley Way and Elk Street.
(44)   Diamond Street between Chenery Street and Diamond Heights Boulevard.
(45)   Douglass Street between Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eight Streets.
(46)   Duncan Street between Diamond Street and Diamond Heights Boulevard.
(47)   Ecker Street between Jessie and Mission Streets.
(48)   Eddy Street, between Divisadero Street and St. Joseph’s Avenue.
(49)   Eighteenth Avenue between Vicente and Ulloa Streets.
(50)   Elk Street between Bosworth and Chenery Streets.
(51)   Elk Street between Diamond Heights Boulevard and Chenery Street.
(52)   Ellis Street, between Divisadero Street and St. Joseph’s Avenue.
(53)   Encanto Avenue between Terra Vista and Anza Vista Avenues.
(54)   Encline Court between Marietta Drive and the Eastern Terminus.
(55)   Everglade Drive, between Sloat Boulevard and Eucalyptus Drive.
(56)   Fair Oaks Street between Twenty-first and Twenty-sixth Streets.
(57)   Felton Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(58)   Filbert Street between Divisadero and Lyon Streets.
(59)   Filbert Street, between Polk and Taylor Streets.
(60)   Fillmore Street between Broadway and Union Streets.
(61)   Folsom Street, between Precita Avenue and Bernal Heights Boulevard; and Bernal Heights Boulevard, between Folsom Street and Bernal Heights Park (approximately 350 feet).
(62)   Foote Avenue, between Alemany Boulevard and San Jose Avenue.
(63)   Fortuna Avenue between Terra Vista and Anza Vista Avenues.
(64)   Francisco Street between Montgomery and Kearny Streets.
(65)   Francisco Street, between Baker and Scott Streets.
(66)   Francisco Street, between Laguna Street and Van Ness Avenue.
(67)   Francisco Street, between Lyon Street, and Richardson Avenue.
(68)   Francisco Street, between Polk Street and Columbus Avenue.
(69)   Franklin Street, between California and Lombard Streets.
(70)   Genebern Way, between Alemany Boulevard and College Avenue.
(71)   Gilman Avenue, between Third and Fitch Streets.
(72)   Girard Street between Silver Avenue and Bacon Street.
(73)   Goettingen Street between Silver Avenue and Bacon Street.
(74)   Gough Street, between Jackson and Union Streets.
(75)   Gough Street, between Union and California Streets.
(76)   Great Highway, between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard.
(77)   Green Street between Grant Avenue and Montgomery Street.
(78)   Green Street, between Polk and Mason Streets.
(79)   Greenwich Street between Divisadero and Lyon Streets.
(80)   Greenwich Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue.
(81)   Greenwich Street, between Polk and Taylor Streets.
(82)   Guerrero Street between Eighteenth and Cesar Chavez Streets.
(83)   Hollister Avenue between Third and Hawes Streets.
(84)   Ingalls Street between Fitzgerald and Jamestown Avenues.
(85)   Ingerson Avenue between Third Street and Giants Drive.
(86)   Innes Avenue, between Middle Point Road and Hunters Point Boulevard.
(87)   Jamestown Avenue, between Third Street and Harney Way.
(88)   Jennings Street between Fitzgerald and Jamestown Avenues.
(89)   Jennings Street between Palou and Thomas Avenues.
(90)   Jersey Street, between Castro and Church Streets.
(91)   Jones Street between California and Pine Streets.
(92)   Jones Street, between Columbus and Pacific Avenues.
(93)   Jordan Avenue between Geary Boulevard and California Street.
(94)   Kansas Street, between Twenty-second and Twenty-third Streets.
(95)   Kearny Street between Francisco and Bay Streets.
(96)   Keith Street between Palou and Van Dyke Avenues.
(97)   Kensington Way, between Claremont Boulevard and Portola Drive.
(98)   Laguna Street between Broadway and Union Streets.
(99)   Lane Street between Palou and Van Dyke Avenues.
(100)   Larkin Street between Chestnut and Francisco Streets.
(101)   Larkin Street, between Bay Street and Pacific Avenue.
(102)     Lathrop Avenue, between Tunnel and Tocoloma Avenues.
(103)     Laurel Street between Mayfair Drive and Euclid.
(104)     Leavenworth Street, between Bay Street and Pacific Avenue.
(105)     Ledyard Street, between Silver Avenue and Thornton Avenue.
(106)     Lombard Street between Montgomery and Sansome Streets.
(107)     Lombard Street between Stockton and Kearny Streets.
(108)     Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets.
(109)     Lombard Street, between Polk and Leavenworth Streets.
(110)     Lyon Street between Lombard and Francisco Streets.
(111)     Lyon Street, between Green and Lombard Streets.
(112)     Marietta Drive Between Evelyn Way and Teresita Boulevard.
(113)     Marina Boulevard, between Lyon and Laguna Streets.
(114)     Mariposa Street, between Mississippi and Connecticut Streets.
(115)     Mariposa Street, between Vermont and Kansas Streets.
(116)     Market Street, between Fremont Street and Van Ness Avenue, within the streetcar track lanes.
(117)     Masonic Avenue between Waller Street and Frederick Street.
(118)     Mayfair Drive between Laurel and Spruce Streets.
(119)     Mendell Street, between Galvez and Hudson Avenues.
(120)     Middle Point Road, between Evans and Innes Avenues.
(121)     Monterey Boulevard, between Ridgewood and Santa Clara Avenues.
(122)     Montgomery Street between Green Street and Broadway Streets.
(123)     Montgomery Street between Lombard and Francisco Streets.
(124)     Mount Vernon Avenue, between Alemany Boulevard and San Jose Avenue.
(125)     Newhall Street, between Innes and Hudson Avenues.
(126)     Newhall Street, between Palou and Quesada Avenues.
(127)     Niagara Avenue, between Alemany Boulevard and San Jose Avenue.
(128)     Nido Avenue between Vega and Turk Streets.
(129)     Octavia Street between Broadway and Union Streets.
(130)     Ottawa Avenue, between Alemany Boulevard and Otega Avenue.
(131)     Pacheco Street, between Dewey Boulevard and Ninth Avenue.
(132)     Palm Avenue between Geary Boulevard and California Street.
(133)     Palou Avenue between Selby and Griffith Streets.
(134)     Parker Avenue between Geary Boulevard and California Street.
(135)     Parker Avenue, between Turk and Anza Streets.
(136)     Pennsylvania Street, between Mariposa and Twenty-second Streets.
(137)     Pond Street, between 16th and 17th Streets.
(138)     Powell Street between Sutter and California Street.
(139)     Quesada Avenue between Ingalls and Hawes Streets.
(140)     Quesada Avenue between Third and Ingalls Streets.
(141)     Revere Avenue between Ingalls and Hawes Streets.
(142)     Revere Avenue between Third and Ingalls Streets.
(143)     Rossi Avenue, between Turk and Anza Streets.
(144)     Santa Clara Avenue, between Monterey Boulevard and Portola Drive.
(145)     Scotia Avenue, between Silver Avenue and Thornton Avenue.
(146)     Scott Street, between California and Bush Streets.
(147)     Shafter Avenue between Ingalls and Hawes Streets.
(148)     Shafter Avenue between Third and Ingalls Streets.
(149)     Silliman Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(150)     Spruce Street, between Geary Boulevard and Euclid Street.
(151)     St. Francis Boulevard, between Portola Drive and San Anselmo Avenue.
(152)     St. Joseph’s Avenue, between O’Farrell Street and Turk Street.
(153)     Stanyan Street between 17th Street and Belgrave Street.
(154)     Stanyan Street, between Turk and Anza Streets.
(155)     Taraval Street, between 14th Avenue and Dewey Boulevard.
(156)     Taylor Street between Pine and California Streets.
(157)     Taylor Street, between Columbus and Pacific Avenues.
(158)     Telegraph Hill Boulevard.
(159)     Terra Vista Avenue between Anza Vista and St. Joseph’s Avenues.
(160)     Thomas Avenue between Third and Jennings Streets.
(161)     Thornton Avenue, between Bayshore Boulevard and 3rd Street.
(162)     Thorp Lane.
(163)     Tunnel Avenue, between Blanken Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
(164)     Underwood Avenue between Third and Jennings Streets.
(165)     Union Street, between Lyon and Steiner Streets.
(166)     Vallejo Street between Montgomery and Sansome Streets.
(167)     Vallejo Street, between Polk and Mason Streets.
(168)     Vega Street between Nido and Anza Vista Avenues.
(169)     Vermont Street, between 17th and 18th Streets.
(170)     Vermont Street, between Twentieth and Twenty-second Streets.
(171)     Vesta Street, between Thornton Avenue and Williams Avenue.
(172)     Vicente Street between Sixteenth and Nineteenth Avenues.
(173)     Webster Street between Broadway and Union Streets.
(174)     Webster Street, between Bay Street and Marina Boulevard.
(175)     Westwood Park area streets within an area bounded by the south side of Monetery Boulevard and the east side of Plymouth Avenue, the north side of Ocean Avenue and the west side of Faxon Avenue.
(176)     Wheat Street between Paul Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
(177)     Yerba Buena Avenue, between Santa Clara Avenue and Miraloma Avenue.
(c)   18,000 lbs. Limit.  No person shall operate a vehicle with an unladen weight in excess of 18,000 pounds on the following Streets:
(1)   Blanken Avenue, between Bayshore Boulevard and Tunnel Avenue
(2)   Tunnel Avenue, between Blanken Avenue and Recycle Road
(d)   Exemptions.  The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to:
(1)   Any vehicle which is subject to the provisions of Sections 1031 to 1036, inclusive, of the California Public Utilities Code and which has received a certificate from the CPUC pursuant to those Sections declaring that the public necessity and convenience require the operation of the vehicle, provided that the certificate authorizes that vehicle to be operated within the City, and the vehicle is being operated for the purpose authorized in the certificate. This exemption shall not apply to vehicles operated as round-trip sightseeing tour service as defined by the CPUC;
(2)   Any commercial vehicle coming from an unrestricted Street having ingress and egress by direct route to and from that portion of the restricted Streets set forth below, when necessary for the purpose of making pickups of refuse, pickups or deliveries of passengers, goods, wares and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on such restricted Street, or for the purpose of delivering materials or equipment to be used in the actual and bona fide repairs, alteration, remodeling or construction of such restricted Street, or for any building or structure upon such restricted Street for which a building permit has previously been obtained;
(3)   Any vehicle owned by a public utility while in use in the construction, installation or repair of any public utility;
(4)   Transit vehicles operated by the SFMTA along a regularly scheduled route;
(5)   School buses when operated for the transportation of school pupils;
(6)   Any vehicle owned by the City while being used in the course of official business;
(7)   Emergency vehicles.
(SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 08-151, 8/19/2008)

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