How to fight a ticket for blocking your own driveway in San Francisco?
February 26, 2013 5:01 PM Subscribe
i've been living in an apartment building in san francisco for 10 years and have a one-car garage. for much of that time i parked my car on the street, parallel to the curb, blocking my own driveway to some extent. i also had friends park there cars there, and when i had a rental car, i parked it there on and off for several months. no one ever got a ticket.
a couple months ago i parked a friend's car there overnight and got a ticket. apparently someone had called in a complaint, although the car was extending only into my own driveway, and by a small amount at that. i protested the $98 ticket, saying that i was the driver and the only one authorized to call in a complaint, but it was denied. i have no idea who called in the complaint, and DPT will not give out that information.
i plan to do an in-person hearing. has anyone successfully fought this sort of ticket?
posted by roxie110 to law & government (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
From the research i've done, it looks like Vehicle Code section 22500E specifies that no car can be parked blocking a driveway. But there's an exception (#57; click here
) that says if the car is registered to that address, and the building the driveway serves has two or one units, parking is legal. The spirit of the law seems to say that if the driveway only serves one car, it might apply as well, since the point is not to block anyone else's passage.
The SFMTA site also clearly states that you may block your own driveway, though the phrase "within the curb cut" is a little murky (does that mean entirely within the driveway cuts, or just that you may extend into the curb cut?): click here
. How "your own driveway" is defined is important here--who knows?
And I guess the potentially difficult issue is that the car wasn't registered to that address at the time.
Any suggestions of any type gratefully accepted!