|DPT at Market and Main St. |
Essay and photostream by John Han.
I have already received a notice from the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) that my letter to contest the first of the two tickets that I received along the Embarcadero has been denied, and that I owe the $90 penalty. Insufficient argument, they say. I now have the option to go to a hearing officer in person and contest that ticket at the DPT office. I will. I hope I can get some help from Michael Harris at SFMTA Taxis and Accessible Services Division, and Christiane Hayashi. I could really use a letter of support from the SFMTA, and bring it to the hearing officer to show when I contest.
That first ticket claims that I violated VC Section 22500(b), which prohibits blocking crosswalks. It reads as follows…
“22500. No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, in any of the following places:
(a) Within an intersection, except adjacent to curbs as may be permitted by local ordinance.
(b) On a crosswalk, except that a bus engaged as a common carrier or a taxicab may stop in an unmarked crosswalk to load or unload passengers when authorized by the legislative body of any city pursuant to an ordinance.” (Italics, underline, and bold mine)
I tried the “except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic” in my letter to contest, seeing how this is the Embarcadero... arguably the busiest, most trafficked street in the City. But it seemed the DPT ignored it, and I was still denied.I was issued a second ticket a week after getting the first one in the same spot along the Embarcadero at the Ferry Building, but this time for blocking the bike lane. You can read all about that second ticket in “Taxi Driver Vs. the DPT Round 1”. This is the overwhelming ticket that’s getting issued along the Embarcadero, according to Yellow Cab, which says it’s gotten slammed with these tickets as of late.
I have the evidence showing they’re still trying to issue these tickets out like it’s a miracle cure for the budget crisis. The City is in a budget crunch, and it’s doing whatever it can to anyone to get money out of people.
Here's what I saw.