S.F. moves closer to taking RVs off streets at night 

Oversized vehicles would be banned from overnight parking on many streets in the Bayview, Sunset and South of Market districts and other neighborhoods under a proposal up for approval today.

Last year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates parking in The City, approved a policy that would bar vehicles longer than 22 feet from staying overnight on city streets. Vehicles violating the ban are subject to a $65 fine.

On Tuesday, the transit agency’s board will vote on the first set of street segments that would be off-limits to the oversized vehicles. The agency has identified 35 on-street zones in The City, including portions of the Great Highway, Industrial Street, Fulton Street and Taraval Street.

Sleeping in cars overnight is already illegal, but the law is difficult to enforce. Police officials said the new ordinance would give them another tool to prevent overnight encampments.

Homeless advocates have criticized the plan, saying it would harm at-risk residents. At a hearing on the issue earlier this year, 20 of the 25 public speakers voiced opposition to the plan.

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