Saturday, January 22, 2011

Do You Know What Is Required To Be On Tow-Away Signs In Order For It To Be Valid?

Per San Francisco Traffic Code 33.1:

"Signs shall contain the following information: the effective dates and times of the permit; the permit number; the Department of Public Works' street space hotline telephone number; and notice that if the Public Works Code requires an on-site placard, additional information about the permit may be found on the placard. No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, on any street where the Department of Parking and Traffic has erected or caused to be erected appropriate signs giving a minimum of 72 hours' notice of the effective dates and times of any temporary parking prohibition, provided that this Section shall not apply to a vehicle when such vehicle is actually engaged in making delivery or pickup of construction materials being used at the site of the construction work that necessitated issuance of the permit."

The MOST IMPORTANT TO NOTE is that this same traffic code which is used by the city to cite and tow vehicles, also include the following sentence: "For any sign which is posted and not in compliance with this Section, the temporary parking restrictions shall not be effective, and the Department of Parking and Traffic shall not cite or tow vehicles at these locations." !!!

So do not let SFMTA push you around. If you are towed, immediately look at the tow-away signs. Are they valid? Do they have all the required elements including the permit number? If possible, immediately take as many photos as possible, including the location, the workers, the truck's license plate, etc.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PERFECT TOW-AWAY SIGN: Photo of Valid Sign "

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