Posts Tagged ‘intercepter’

Cold Busted: Do SFMTA Parking Control Officers Even Try to Follow the Law? Take a Look

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Leave us review California Vehicle Code Section 40202(a):

“The notice of parking violation shall also set forth … the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield...”

Except some DPT meter maids are in the habit of not writing down the last four digits of the VIN. Check it:

Some SFMTA parking citation officers thought they found a loophole by simply entering “cannot read,” “covered,” or “unable to locate” in the VIN field space of a citation. 

03/07/12: Officer NW (Badge #206) wrote 66 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 66 of them!  

02/01/12: Officer TA (Badge #12) wrote 27 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 27 of them.”

So am I saying I believe the factual statements of some random Change.org petition over anything spun out by the SFMTA?

Yes, yes I am.

Now is this VIN requirement kind of a technicality, and is it kind of a pain to be looking for VINs when the PCOs need to make their quotas in order to pay for Ed Reiskin’s generous benefits package? Yes and yes.

But that’s the law. Perhaps the SFMTA should try to change the law if it’s so hard to obey.

Let’s hope that the SFMTA keeps a closer eye on its PCOs in the future…

Now let’s travel back to the past:

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.

“The bottom of the sticker reads: “ASSAULTING A PARKING CONTROL OFFICER IS A CRIME. SO DON’T GET CAUGHT.”- WACKO 1

As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

Brave Early-Morning Cushman Pilot, Haight Street – He’s a Cowboy, On a Steel Horse He Rides

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Finally, an SFMTA Meter Maid Cart WIth Flava! – The Candy-Apple Flaked Streamlined Baby – Oh It’s for Sale, Just $5000

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Our horrible SFMTA, a national laughingstock ala our similarly-horrible PG&E, let this Interceptor fall into private hands and just look what happened to it:

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Actually, it’s for sale.

Just $5000!

Srsly.

Last seen on Fulton in what the pilot of this ride would almost certainly call the NoPA area.

Look for it there if you want to add this golf cart to your life.

Harsh: “Crappy People, Crappy Jobs” Campaign Mocks MUNI’s “Good People, Tough Jobs” PR

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.

“The bottom of the sticker reads: “ASSAULTING A PARKING CONTROL OFFICER IS A CRIME. SO DON’T GET CAUGHT.”- WACKO 1

As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

San Francisco Parking Control Officers – “Good People” with “Tough Jobs”?

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

That’s what the bumper stickers on the little carts say. And here’s the subtitle:

“Assaulting a parking control officer is a crime we will prosecute.”

MUNI Fare Inspectors similarly are also Good People with Tough Jobs, apparently.

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Good to know.

Can You Really Use a Three Wheel Meter Maid Cart as a Car? Yes You Can

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

A Westward Industries Intercepter III, as seen on Pine Street, just north of Obama.

Note the license plate and neighborhood parking decal:

It’s either this or a Cushman, right?

Zoom zoom.