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!