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:
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.”