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(SFGate)   San Francisco drivers can now get a text before getting towed. They'll still be ticketed of course, city still needs to make their money somehow   (sfgate.com) divider line
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732 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Jan 2022 at 3:50 PM (7 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-14 2:35:38 PM  
And they should still get a ticket for a towable offense?  Do you want someone parked in front of your driveway, or a fire hydrant nearby?  Driving is a privilege, and convenient parking is not a right.
 
2022-01-14 3:13:25 PM  
So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?
 
2022-01-14 3:53:58 PM  
I wonder what politician got towed once, resulting in this?  Fark you, if you parked where you shouldn't be, you earned that runaround to find out where it is.
 
2022-01-14 3:54:06 PM  
San Francisco?

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2022-01-14 3:56:01 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


Because towed vehicles include those blocking fire hydrants or access points, which SF history of fires and earthquakes means 'Act NOW!'...
 
2022-01-14 3:56:43 PM  
Difficulty: the text is a dick pic from the tow truck driver.
 
2022-01-14 3:57:22 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


Because people just cut the boots off?
 
2022-01-14 3:59:23 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


You don't boot cars that need to be towed. This is because a lot of vehicles are towed for issues like being parked in a passenger loading zone or blocking a fire hydrant or obstructing a driveway. Booting the car just traps it there for even longer.
 
2022-01-14 3:59:36 PM  
If you live in San Francisco, it's probably better not to have a car unless you need it for your job.
 
2022-01-14 4:00:46 PM  
I'm down for getting a text about my car being under threat of tow.  A ticket is an inconvenience.  Getting the vehicle towed is a major farking ordeal.

Shiat, sign my ass up.  I think ODOT already has phone numbers tied to registrations. (would have to go check, but my registrations are allll the way over there...)
 
2022-01-14 4:01:53 PM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: Difficulty: the text is a dick pic from the tow truck driver.


In San Francisco, tow drivers cannot take a vehicle without the owner's permission unless the private property owner or a law enforcement officer directs them to do so and gives that authorization in writing.
 
2022-01-14 4:05:02 PM  

Raoul Eaton: If you live in San Francisco, it's probably better not to have a car unless you need it for your job.


Despite having a better than average transportation system, several parts of the city aren't particularly well connected to the others. And literally millions of people have to commute in to the peninsula every day, some from all the way out near Sacramento or Fresno.
 
2022-01-14 4:09:27 PM  

thecactusman17: Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: Difficulty: the text is a dick pic from the tow truck driver.

In San Francisco, tow drivers cannot take a vehicle without the owner's permission unless the private property owner or a law enforcement officer directs them to do so and gives that authorization in writing.


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2022-01-14 4:09:54 PM  
Back in the 70s you buy a car for $200, run up $600 in parking tickets and let them tow it.
 
2022-01-14 4:10:32 PM  

thecactusman17: Raoul Eaton: If you live in San Francisco, it's probably better not to have a car unless you need it for your job.

Despite having a better than average transportation system, several parts of the city aren't particularly well connected to the others. And literally millions of people have to commute in to the peninsula every day, some from all the way out near Sacramento or Fresno.


I do understand that.  And, I knew someone who moved to San Francisco and got rid of their car after the first year.  It had been broken into about as often as they had driven it.  But individual needs do vary.
 
2022-01-14 4:16:56 PM  
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2022-01-14 4:17:22 PM  
You get a text before getting towed. *Just* before.

"Hey this is Ralph with Friendly Towing. This is a courtesy message to let you I got your shiat all hooked up and I'm pulling off in 15 seconds, unless of course you arrive with $150 in time"

"Ralph again, looks like you didn't make it. Your car will be at the tow yard.  Oh, and bring $350."

"Hey its Ralph, your car has been here almost 30 minutes, so you've started collecting storage fees. Please bring $500"

"Ralph from Friendly Towing. Again. It's been an hour, so we can only assume you didn't want your car. It has been crushed into a cube. You are now accumulating cube storage fees. Please bring  $600 plus a $100 crushing fee"
 
2022-01-14 4:21:51 PM  
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2022-01-14 4:22:30 PM  
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2022-01-14 4:30:01 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: I wonder what politician got towed once, resulting in this?  Fark you, if you parked where you shouldn't be, you earned that runaround to find out where it is.


In a world where tow companies operate ethically and the signs are always posted, this is accurate.

That world is not the world we live in.
 
2022-01-14 4:46:45 PM  
They should raise their property tax rate if people want free parking.

/Free on-street parking is awful.
 
2022-01-14 4:49:52 PM  
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2022-01-14 4:50:56 PM  
Yeah subby the guy should wait around to see if the guy shows up and moves his car. That's a much better plan.
 
2022-01-14 4:52:45 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


When they're in the way in the first place, booting does not improve the situation
 
2022-01-14 4:56:39 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


So think people should booted that are blocking  other people's driveways?

The program, naturally called Text Before Tow, will send San Francisco drivers who opt in a text when their car may be towed for 72-hour parking, blocking driveways or parking in construction zones or temporary no-parking zones.

Tow them. If they are blocking someone or illegally parked, they shouldn't be given extra time to block people or cause a hazard.
 
2022-01-14 5:03:53 PM  
Free parking is one of the many ways your car ownership is subsidized.
 
2022-01-14 5:04:32 PM  
back when i lived in marin in the 90s i did some home repair work on occasion in SF. it got to where i had to refuse work in the city unless the client could guarantee me  place to park my truck. a few in buildings could do that by arranging with management. i quit taking jobs in the city because getting there, finding parking, finding supplies, and getting back home was all too much work just to work....
 
2022-01-14 5:21:07 PM  
We lived at Bay and Polk for a number of years and I  would park our biatching Corolla there adjacent to the football field at Galileo High School.  Street cleaning was twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays or some shiat.  If you didn't move your car for the cleaning, you were getting towed for damn sure.  Got towed 3-4 times over that span.  $300-400 a pop if I recall.  All the money in the world.
 
2022-01-14 5:21:48 PM  
"I'm going to sue you for towing me"
"But you opted into this service so you must have expected your behavior would result in a tow"
"#*!%^!"
 
2022-01-14 5:31:29 PM  
Once I pulled into a spot in SF about 2 cars behind where the meter maid was checking cars. I was just picking up a friend so I was staying with the car.

I see the meter maid turn right at the block corner and I get out of the car and stand by it waiting for my friend. 3 minutes later I see the meter maid turning back onto the street. I quickly drop a dime into the meter. The meter maid did a whole block loop just to hope they'd catch my car.

I made eye contact and waved at her as she went by. She yelled something at me like "You're gargbage" or something. I guess I spoiled her day.
 
2022-01-14 5:57:25 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So why not simply boot their wheel like other places do?


RTFA, how does it work?

FTFA: The program, naturally called Text Before Tow, will send San Francisco drivers who opt in a text when their car may be towed for 72-hour parking, blocking driveways or parking in construction zones or temporary no-parking zones.
 
2022-01-14 6:26:21 PM  
My elementary school in SF was on a one way street that had one lane of traffic and one lane of parking. Except from 3 to 6pm, when it was n parking parking and a two lane street for the evening commute. I was in the after school programs and EVERY DAY would watch them tow 15 to 20 cars.
 
2022-01-14 6:30:06 PM  
$550 to get a boot removed? Oh, there's no gouging built into that, no, not a bit.
 
2022-01-14 6:54:41 PM  
The program, naturally called Text Before Tow, will send San Francisco drivers who opt in a text when their car may be towed for 72-hour parking, blocking driveways or parking in construction zones or temporary no-parking zones.

People who block driveways should have their cars drawn, quartered, folded, spindled and mutilated.

/Ideally, with them inside.
 
2022-01-14 6:57:27 PM  
What system do they have in place where they can know your phone number to text?
 
2022-01-14 7:03:02 PM  

destrip: $550 to get a boot removed? Oh, there's no gouging built into that, no, not a bit.


Maybe don't park like an asshole?  The whole idea is to get you to not park like an asshole.
 
6 days ago  
How are people driving there?  The entire city is buried under a mile-high mound of feces.  And the homeless who rule over it aren't about to let anyone in on their tunnelling secrets.
 
6 days ago  

Baloo Uriza: Free parking is one of the many ways your car ownership is subsidized.


It sure feels like it, what with paying massive tax bills when you buy it, but also the next person paying the same tax when you sell it, gas tax, registration, property tax, state transportation budget, and the income tax I pay at the actual adult job I couldn't have without a car.  Sure feels like Im getting it for free. Those bus riders with 85% of the department budget coming from other people's taxes are getting screwed.
 
6 days ago  

alex10294: It sure feels like it, what with paying massive tax bills when you buy it, but also the next person paying the same tax when you sell it, gas tax, registration, property tax, state transportation budget, and the income tax I pay at the actual adult job I couldn't have without a car.  Sure feels like Im getting it for free.


You're still not covering the whole cost the state has for your car by about half.

alex10294: Those bus riders with 85% of the department budget coming from other people's taxes are getting screwed.


In the US?  About 85% of transit funding in most cities comes from fares, only about 15% from other taxes.  So they are getting screwed...they're picking up the slack by getting less in return.
 
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