SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Parking scofflaws beware. San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency plans to hand out more tickets over the next few months to make up for less-than-expected revenue from parking citations.

Transit officials told the San Francisco Examiner parking control officers have fallen short of ticket goals by $7.5 million since July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

So they’ll be handing out more tickets to help the transit agency avoid ending the year with a deficit.

The citation shortfall was attributed in part to parking officers being deployed to control traffic at special events and construction zones instead of monitoring for parking violations.

Transportation agency chief Nathaniel Ford said absenteeism and attrition among parking control officers was also to blame.

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Comments (17)
  1. AB says:

    How about decreasing the number of Parking Control Officers rather than increasing the number of citations issued?

    1. Marvin says:

      This is a city funded terror cell, in my opinion, I was parked on Clement Street on a Thursday morning and my meter had 40 minutes on it, yet the “meter maid” who is actually a guy doing a whoosie job wrote me up for not displaying a handicapped placard? How can I display a placard that I don’t have? SFMTA will write you up for anomalous charges and when you submit for a review, they will that that citation is valid. Then to make this sting that much more, they challenge you [the citizen] to request for additional review within 21 days. Get this, please bring any additional proof of purchase, evidence and/or witnessess.


      1. spike13 says:

        Amen brother!

      2. no_mo_obo says:

        Did the meter have a 1 or 2 hour limit?
        They will cite you for not moving, despite the paid meter.

        The ticket will cite “no HC placard” meaning that you are not exempt from the time limit.

      3. no_mo_obo says:

        Citizens Unite:

        Here’s part of the reason: Some of us carry a handful of coins while in our neighborhoods–so whilst on our daily walks, we feed the “expired” meters of unsuspecting cars just before the maids check the meters.

        You have to see the expression on their faces as you feed up to 10 cars about to expire. TAKING THE POWER BACK. Two more years!!

  2. Karl says:

    So if people are following all the rules and they can’t write tickets to anyone, would they still say they have a ticket goal? Shouldn’t the goal be that people are following the rules so citations aren’t necessary? Can you have a goal of capturing a dinosaur if they don’t exist? Perhaps they should lay-off some parking officers instead of conjuring up aggressive goals that create aggressive “parking officers” (meter-maids) whose purpose becomes their own job survival.

    1. pauline says:

      The city will keep changing the rules so people will keep breaking them, in order to reach their “quota”. Look at those extra meters, street cleaning signs that says, “No parking on the 2nd and 4th Thursday on this side, and 1st and 3rd Monday on the other side, if there is a 5th Wednesday…”

    2. Smelly Mel says:

      Yes, I was written up for feeding the meter. I submit a rant review on YELP.

      I was wondering why SFMTA does not move to a meter system where the people can pay by credit card or the meters can issued a proof-of-purchase receipt to show when I am liable to be cited.

      What kind of society do we live in when nobody can trust government officials and government officidals will lie and steal from the people who are supporting them with tax dollars.

  3. Michael says:

    It’s not about motorists following the rules. It’s about a city budget that supports over-compensated city workers.

    1. Dave says:

      Totally agreed – “we’re not meeting our goals”! Too bad the city doesn’t put as much effort into reducing real crime.

  4. Denise says:

    In all fairness I live on a street with Permit parking and it is very rare that I see a meter-person giving out tickets. If these are the tickets that will be increased fine.

  5. Carbon says:

    Just get yourself a disabled placard like everyone else and park all day at meters for free! Problem solved.

  6. eduardo says:

    goals, goals, goals…if the meter maids don’t meet their expected goals, then they get their….chewed, and we end up with more meter maids with are real bad attitude. Eventually that’s going to cost the city a lot more, with a very expensive city to park in, people are going to somewhere else to shop where there is free parking.

  7. Simon S says:

    I am tired of every dinner or lunch out in the City coming with a $60 dollar surchage due to not leaving the table to feed a just expired meter. I have been severly curtailing my trips to the City. If business is down for local businesses and restaurants, they need to know that its not all due to the economy

  8. NRA Life Member says:

    Great story! As if you needed another reason not to go to Ban Francisco.

  9. don says:

    This is corrupt city. They are blood suckers.

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