After a three-week amnesty period, motorists will have to feed their meters starting this Sunday or face the consequences of a parking ticket.
Technically, The City began enforcing parking meters on Sundays on Jan. 6. However, motorists were given a reprieve from tickets for the first three weeks while adapting to the new rules. On Sunday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking in The City, will begin issuing tickets to motorists who overstay their meters.
The tickets are not cheap — overstaying at meters in the downtown core is a $72 citation. In all other parts of The City, it’s $62.
The transit agency’s board of directors approved the Sunday meter enforcement plan last April, despite the protests of small-business groups and religious organizations. The initiative, which aimed to update San Francisco’s antiquated parking rules, is expected to generate an extra $1.9 million in revenue for the transit agency.
The City’s 29,000 meters will be active from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
“The primary goal in charging for parking is to make sure that motorists can easily find a place to park in commercial areas, which is currently very hard on Sundays,” said agency spokesman Paul Rose. “Making it easier to find a parking space on Sundays is good for business, motorists and the transportation system.”