HALT THE SFMTA STREET SWEEPING CAMERA PILOT PROJECT, SFMTA MUST FIRST FOLLOW THE LAW!
  • Petitioned Malia Cohen

This petition was delivered to:

District 10 Supervisor
Malia Cohen
12th District Assemblywoman
Fiona Ma
SFMTA Director
Ed Reisken
District 6 Supervisor
Jane Kim
District 1 Supervisor
Eric Mar
District 2 Supervisor
Mark Farrell
District 4 Supervisor
Carmen Chu
District 5 Supervisor
Christina Olague
District 7 Supervisor
Sean Elsbernd
District 8 Supervisor
Scott Wiener
District 9 Supervisor
David Campos
District 11 Supervisor
John Avalos
SFMTA Board
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority
Mayor, San Francisco
Ed Lee
Board President, District 3 Supervisor
David Chiu
California State Senate
California-008
State Sen. Leland Yee

HALT THE SFMTA STREET SWEEPING CAMERA PILOT PROJECT, SFMTA MUST FIRST FOLLOW THE LAW!

    1. Andres Panado
    2. Petition by

      Andres Panado

      San Francisco, CA

In 2011, SFMTA raked in $29 million on street sweeping citations alone. Street sweeping citation is the biggest money maker for SFMTA. By June 2012, it is slated to complete its Street Sweeping Camera Pilot Project evaluation wherein it may ultimately decide to install front-facing cameras which will, undoubtedly, increase SFMTA’s revenue.

In the meantime, SFMTA continues to allow some of its parking citation officers (PCOs) to issue and submit citations in violation of California Vehicle Code 40202(a) in which it CLEARLY says The notice of parking violation shall also set forth the vehicle license number and registration expiration date if they are visible, the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield…” 

Some SFMTA parking citation officers thought they found a loophole by simply entering “cannot read”, “covered”, or “unable to locate” in the VIN field space of a citation. SFMTA management has no way of verifying if the citation officer even made an effort to read the VIN plate!

Here are some facts (there are more listed in the Petition Letter):

03/07/12: Officer NW (Badge #206) wrote 66 citations of which he said he "cannot read" the VIN plate information on all 66 of them!  Could it really be true that 100% of drivers have their VIN plates covered/unable to read?

02/01/12: Officer TA (Badge #12) wrote 27 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 27 of them. Could it really be true that 100% of drivers have their VIN plates covered/unable to read?

12/05/11: Officer LS (Badge #238) wrote 85 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on 84 of them.  Could it really be true that 98% of drivers have their VIN plates covered/unable to read?

11/07/11: Officer LS (Badge #238) wrote 73 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on 71 of them.  Could it really be true that 97% of drivers have their VIN plates covered/unable to read?

SFMTA has NOT fully protected the rights of San Francisco vehicle owners!

 We ask, as the constituents, that our representatives:

1.  halt the Street Sweeping Camera Pilot Project until SFMTA has fully addressed the fact that it has allowed its PCOs to break the law.

2.  require SFMTA to FIRST follow the law before asking San Francisco residents to help SFMTA increase its revenues!   

Until the legislature changes the law, SFMTA must require and hold its parking citation officers accountable to ACCURATELY AND TRUTHFULLY write down the last four digits of our vehicles' VIN plates.  If it means if they need to get out of their vehilces to obtain this required information (yes, rain or shine!), then they should!!

3.  require SFMTA to have a procedure in place to independently confirm and verify that all citations submitted by its PCOs are submitted truthfully and accurately, particularly when a high percentage of submitted tickets appear to be false.

If SFMTA expects us to follow the law, we expect the same from them!

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Latest round of PCOs who don't follow the California law...

      Andres Panado
      Petition Organizer

      I have updated the "About this Petition" and the "Petition Letter" to include about Officer NW (Badge #206) who wrote 66 citations on 03/07/12 of which he said he "cannot read" the VIN plate information all 66 of them! Yes, ALL 66 citations!

      Could it really be true that 100% of drivers have their VIN plates covered/unable to read?

      Please continue to support our cause and tell you friends about this petition! Each time the SFMTA Director, SF Mayor, Board Supervisors, etc. gets a copy of the letter...they will further realize that they cannot continue to condone such violations acts California law and their very own PCO Training Manual.

      Thank you!
      SF Parking Warrior

    2. We have 39 signatures...but do you know your tickets may go up by $5?

      Andres Panado
      Petition Organizer

      It is reported today that in the latest budget just released, there will be no more Sunday free parking meters and parking tickets will climb another $5.00.
      (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/30/MN9T1NS9FR.DTL&tsp=1)

      Thanks for supporting my petition.

      Remember that if we are expected to follow the law, we have the right to expect SFMTA to do the same!

      Andres Panado
      SF Parking Warrior

    3. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Stan Smith SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I hate DPT more than anything. The most worthless, money grubbing organization made, and I hope all the PCOs get the bad karma they deserve.

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    • Kishore Kumar SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the madness. The city should find other ways of looting money.

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    • Craig Hemphill CASTRO VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I live in the Bay area and go in to SF all the time. I do not want the SFMTA to abuse it's power for monetary reasons

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    • Andres Panado SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      For many years, SFMTA has gouged money from the residents by letting its very own parking citation officers to violate CVC 40202(a) and PCO training manuals! CVC 40202(a) requires that a citation must have the last 4 digits of VIN if it is readable through the windshield. But when you find out that a PCO wrote "cannot read" on 100% of citations he issued, how could we trust SFMTA/PCO that they are doing their job?

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    • chris daniels SF, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the madness with this agency and these out of control revenue seeking morons that run it WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY or CUSTOMER SERVICE that is functional and fair.

      Thank you

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