Proof That SF Gives Itself Parking Tix

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    "Man the Dan" wins for gathering this choice parking ticket found on a city vehicle's windshield -- proof that a new policy is in effect.

    A few weeks ago I wrote about how SFMTA is getting their act together and doing their part to tighten the budget gap by eliminating 1000 free parking spaces for SFMTA employees. They did that, and we applauded them.

    Another change was that city cars were made subject to time limits at meters. I laughed publicly at this one because I didn’t think that it would ever be enforced, so I offered a prize for the first pic of a city car with a parking ticket on it.

    Well…ladies and gentleman…we have a winner. Dan, aka “Man the Dan” [sic] sent me these photos of a San Francisco government vehicle with a parking ticket on its windshield.

    I was chuckling at the suggestion of this policy change, but after some reflection of this photo documented phenomenon, I am now laughing even harder.
    A San Francisco vehicle given a ticket by a San Francisco governmental agency (Department of Parking and Traffic) brings up a question for me: Who pays the ticket?

    Or does it? Let’s crunch the numbers:
    If there are 500,000 vehicles in SF on any given day...

    The non-emergency vehicle fleet of SF is 6,881 vehicles. (Let’s round it off to 5,000)…

    Then, 1 percent of all the vehicles in the City are owned by the City…

    There are about 2,000,000 parking tickets issued in SF per year…

    This new policy of ticketing City owned vehicles means that in one year, on average, SF will issue 20,000 parking tickets to itself.

    The average DPT officer writes approximately 25 parking tickets per day. So 20,000 tickets divided by 25 tickets per day equals 800 days or 6,400 work hours of San Francisco government employee time taken to write tickets to itself. This isn’t like robbing Peter to pay Paul, but rather Peter robbing Peter to pay Peter.

    My new challenge is a free copy of Finding the Sweet Spot to the first person to email me a photo of a San Francisco City vehicle that is booted or towed to AutoReturn. I wouldn’t really imagine that the City would ticket itself to such an extent, however, the longer I live in the Bay Area, the more I’ve come to find that life really is funnier than fiction.

    For more SF facts and figures that will make your head spin click here.