Meeting clarifies guidelines to avoid parking citations 

Time to clear up a touchy subject: Where can San Franciscans park in front of their homes without getting ticketed?

Jerry Lee, a director with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, asked for clarification at Tuesday’s board meeting, saying he’s received complaints from residents who said they were wrongly cited.

According to Bond Yee, interim director of sustainable streets, you can park in the driveway, at any angle, as long as no part of your car has stretched onto the sidewalk.

If “they’re totally clear of the sidewalk, you should not be receiving a citation,” Yee said.

What about parking on the street in a way that is blocking your own driveway? That shouldn’t be citation-worthy either, Yee said, unless there are more than two units on the property so that other drivers might need to get through.

Moreover, you can block your driveway on the street without having to slap on one of those residential parking permits on your vehicle, Yee said.

“A vehicle is exempt if the person who lives there doesn’t have a permit,” he said.

So if you get ticketed for parking in front of your lot and you can prove that you weren’t on the sidewalk, you can fight it.

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