Posts Tagged ‘tow’
Simply Driving Away from an SFMTA PCO Trying to Give You a Ticket for Parking in a TRUCK LOAD ZONE on Market DOESN’T WORKThursday, June 30th, 2016
As these tourists from Oregon will soon discover. They merely stopped in a yellow truck loading zone cut into the vast sidewalks of Market Street. When they finally noticed the PCO standing directly behind them, they bolted away outbound, like this:
But that doesn’t help, as stopping is parking and they were illegally parked.
The next step will be the bill for $91 coming in the mail, but, unlike most people with Oregon plates in Frisco, this crew looks like they’re actually from Oregon. So maybe the SFMTA will track them down to figure out a mailing address? Or maybe they’ll bide their time until this ride accumulates five tickets, and then it’ll be a towaway / Denver Boot?
A better strategy for drivers would be to talk to the PCO instead of just driving off, but I’m not saying that would necesarily work either…
Hey SFMTA! Where’s the Notice Warning Drivers to Not Park on Fell Here? – The Big Bay to Breakers TowawaySunday, May 15th, 2016
This is how things looked yesterday evening on Fell Street in the 94117. Do you see any warning signs about how everything parked on this stretch will get towed, with extreme prejudice, in a few hours?
Well sure. I can see:
AT&T / Verizon COWS temporary cell phone towers in the Golden Gate Park;
A whole mess of portapotties; und
A lot of metal fencing
But what about non-locals, your Airbnbers and your VRBOers – how should they be able to tell that they SHOULD NOT PARK HERE?
Well, off to the right, outside of the frame, there are a couple notices posted on light poles. And I’m sure that there are more notices at the other end of the block, near Masonic. But as far as what you can see on this side of this block, your notice is hiding behind the white Toyota Prius. Click on in, you might be able to spot the top of it.
Hey, is this sufficient notice?
The 5th Anniversary of the SFMTA’s Proposed “Transportation Utility Fee” – Or, Why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your CarWednesday, February 10th, 2016
Here you go:
And here’s the gritty nitty:
See that? San Francisco County charges more than anybody. Why? Because it can.
And actually, it thinks you’re the deadbeat – I’ll explain.
What the SFMTA really wants is a steady supply of unlimited money, so that it doesn’t have to do anything it doesn’t want to, so that it can continue to hire and spend and hire and spend regardless of how it performs. The way to do that is to charge you hundreds of dollars a year, whether or not you ever ride on MUNI and even if you never violate any of the SFMTA’s parking rules.
The mechanism is called the “Transportation Utility Fee,” as described by Will Reisman here.
Of course, back then they were talking about $180 per year, but now we’ve got to pay for our share of the Central Subway (To Nowhere, still) and ever increasing overhead, so I think we’re talking about $250 per year with a built-in increase of like 10%, or, better yet, 9.9%.
I’m not saying we’re going to see the TUF soon, or ever, actually. What I’m saying is that this is what the SFMTA people think they deserve for being the all-knowing, all-seeing bureaucracy it thinks it is.
So if you complain about getting towed, our City Family thinks, “Well, gee, we should probably be towing you EVERY YEAR.” You know, so the SFMTA can get more money, for free.
So that’s why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your Car and charging you the highest administrative towing fee of all of America’s 3000-something counties…
The Dog What DIDN’T Bark: Mansion-Dwelling Millionaires in the Western Addition Seem to Have No Problem with THE URBAN SCHOOL ConstructionTuesday, January 26th, 2016
What’s this? It’s just a simple massive 50-feet steel beam double-parked for a long time in front of historic million-dollar-plus mansions.
Why? Well, it’s a part of the lengthy, noisy extension at THE URBAN SCHOOL, a private high school what costs three times (3x) as much as tuition at our University of California campuses.
And yet, nary a peep I’ve heard from the nabes.
The Towman Cometh: The Great Towing of the Western Addition Starts This Saturday Night – Thanks, NIKE!Thursday, October 15th, 2015
IMO, Nike should make sure that these types of signs hit the streets like six days before the annual Nike Womens 13.1-Mile Marketing Effort
(Interesting font there, SFMTA!)
The way things stand now, notice is insufficient.
(The person who will tow your ride Sunday morning will live south of SF, and have bible verses cited on the side of his tow truck, if Past Is Prologue.)
Some streets in Frisco are one-way, of course, but this isn’t one of them!
Ergo, this parking backwards style is agin the law:
But what’s the SFMTA/MUNI/DPT/SFBC* going to do about it? Give a ticket for $100-something? Well, I don’t know how much will these ppl will care by the time they get to Phoenix.
Oh, but what about a tow job? Uh oh – is our massively failed transit system allowed to tow these rides? IDK.
22502. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb, except that a motorcycle shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. Where no curbs or barriers bound a two-way roadway, right-hand parallel parking is required unless otherwise indicated.
(b) (1) The provisions of subdivision (a) or (e) do not apply to a commercial vehicle if a variation from the requirements of subdivision (a) or (e) is reasonably necessary to accomplish the loading or unloading of merchandise or passengers on, or from, a vehicle and while anything connected with the loading, or unloading, is being executed.
(2) This subdivision does not permit a vehicle to stop or park upon a roadway in a direction opposite to that in which traffic normally moves upon that half of the roadway on which the vehicle is stopped or parked.
*Yeah, our bicycle coalition is effectively an arm of the guvmint these days, go figure.
Here’s how she looks with the new striping:
The leftmost lane allows drivers to turn left or go straight – this seems like a mistake to me, but, then again, lots of things the SFMTA does seem like a mistake.
Haight Ashbury’s Urban School Has Done All It Could to Keep Motorists from Parking in This Towaway Zone on OakTuesday, August 25th, 2015
That’s the update regarding this sitch on Oak betwixt Masonic and Ashbury.
The big issue was notice, but notice has been achieved.
Next comes the lane restriping…