January 9, 2010

SFMTA Flyers - use or not?

The SFMTA's parking division offers flyers that you can download and post on cars parked on sidewalks, in driveways, red zones, on abandoned cars, etc. However, this is not something we at the SFDSP recommend. It is misguided to ask private citizens to do the SFMTA's job. Unlike DPT officers, you do not have a mandate or right to enforce parking laws, or to post signs or tickets on anyone's vehicle. The SFDSP recommends not to confront sidewalk parkers in person. It may go well and end in a satisfactory resolution, but it may not (and many people are awfully touchy about their cars and their misguided views of their "rights" to block the sidewalk). It is best to err on the side of caution and let the authorities deal with the problem. As a general policy, never touch any vehicles, and it is certainly not recommended to get into an argument with anyone. The bottom line: it's best to call in sidewalk parkers (and other offenses), and get MTA to do what is their job -- enforcing parking laws.


  1. you are right on !

    also, their phone numbers listed in "enforcement page" to contact them to get an illegally parked vehicle does not work, i.e. no one picks up. I have tried 2 to 3 times today, yesterday and day before. WTF ?!

  2. on this page: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/pcontact/contenf.htm

    415-553-1631 - main line
    415-553-1200 - dispatch (blocked driveways, sidewalks, etc.)

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  4. The link on this page to dowmload flyers does not work. I understand their reluctance to have citizens use these, but the 72 hour parking flyer is an effective and efficient way to encourage long-term parkers to move their vehicles. it's a waste of time for the city to do it, and then have the car move.

  5. New link is:

    Also, more flyers & rules here:

    $98 ticket now.