San Francisco OKs Free Parking For Nannies

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Cars parked in a San Francisco neighborhood. (www.sfmta.com)

Cars parked in a San Francisco neighborhood. (www.sfmta.com)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — San Francisco’s transportation authority has adopted a plan to issue special street parking permits to nannies, after a group of parents complained that current parking restrictions pose a safety risk to kids.

The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors voted Tuesday to allow out-of-town childcare providers to obtain permits normally reserved for city residents.

Parents seeking a childcare-provider permit must collect signatures from half of the households on their block, the San Francisco Examiner reports. They also must show a birth certificate proving that at least one child in the household is age 12 or younger.

Supporters of the permits say nannies often are forced to choose between leaving children unattended to move their vehicles or racking up hefty fines.

Transportation officials say San Francisco is the largest U.S. city to offer a class of permits exclusively for nannies.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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