To Park or Not to Park

Seen this past weekend in Chinatown:

Confusing Sign

I honestly could not tell what this sign was trying to say, it was barely legible and the dates look like they had been written over a few times over.

Oh wait… I saw this on the 13th of August and this limitation was supposedly up on the 11th. Still, no one parked here, probably for the same reasons of being confused.

5 Comments so far

  1. Charlie (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    Once the sign is there, it is naturally that no one parking. It is written with large letter “NO STOPPING”. Everyone reads and keeps riding. There is no time for reading the details.

  2. Nancy (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    HAH! I know this contractor – I’ll poke them a bit about the unclear dates and see what happens…

  3. Elizabeth (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    It’s easy to check on (/file complaints about) permits like this. Call 415-553-1200 and ask if it’s valid. Or you can check online via the SFGov website Building Permit & Complaint Status. Just be sure to have the address of the site on hand.

    Also, those signs have to be posted 72 hours before they go into effect. Contractors can’t just throw them out there and start towing people right away. Technically you aren’t supposed to leave your car parked on a city street for more than 72 hours in the same spot, so in theory that is enough time to warn everyone.

    Anyway, when you call and confirm that a permit is not valid it can’t hurt to ask the dispatcher to contact the parking enforcement officer in that area and warn them that the permit is not valid before you park there.

  4. Nancy (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    Elizabeth is absolutely right. I have a friend who’s car was towed after such a sign was posted, but they had not abided by the 72-hr advance notice. The friend contested the ticket/towing fees, and won, but still had to front out the money to get his car out of the pokey.

  5. Courtney P (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Thanks for the info, Elizabeth, that’s really helpful.

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