San Francisco Street Sweepers May Catch Parking Scofflaws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials may use street-sweeping trucks to catch vehicles parked illegally, as the city looks to increase parking ticket revenue.

The proposal was part of a plan to issue more tickets that was unveiled by the Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the cameras would be attached to the front of the trucks and photograph the license plates of vehicles parked illegally in street-sweeping areas.

Other proposals call for increased enforcement of fines for blocking intersections and reducing the amount of time people can park for free at broken meters.

The agency is about $7 million short of the $99 million it has projected in parking ticket revenue for the current fiscal year.

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