Ticketing Cars in the Owner’s Drive

There it was on Bartlett

There it was on Bartlett

En Español.

I noticed recently that nearby residents were complaining on EveryBlock SF about getting parking tickets in their own driveways.

The problem always seems to be the car sticking out a bit, and sometimes the parker is way over the line, but this used to happened to me on San Jose Avenue and I felt that at times it was aggressive ticketing. (Sometimes not.)

On Monday, walking north on Bartlett, I noticed the SUV above had a $105 ticket. It didn’t really seem that out of line, which is to say that a wheelchair or other kind of scooter could easily get by without having to go out into the street.

Has anyone else noticed an increase in tickets on cars in driveways? If so, send in photos of deserved and undeserved tickets!

Update Chris O’Leary, a reader with a sharp eye, points out that the ticket in the photograph is for not having plates, but the notice above it suggests that it’s for illegal parking in a driveway. So is it illegal parking in a driveway because it has no plates? We’re checking. Yep. It is illegal. The front plate is missing. And I suppose the notice about the driveway is a warning of sorts.

Well, send any photos at all about getting ticketed in your driveway.


  1. Fatima

    Well my neighbor got a ticket for parking parallel to his garage, he was told to move his car and get a W sticker like the rest of the neighbors who do not own a garage…I think this is ridiculous…San Francisco is becoming hard to handle….

  2. julie

    I got a ticket for blocking a curb cut, and I was not even close to doing so. I took a picture of the car as it stood, and they claimed it wasn’t the same block. Corrupt and lying! Personally, I hate when cars block the sidewalk, but when it’s a 10 foot sidewalk, and the car is intruding into two feet of it, IMHO, a ticket isn’t necessary.

  3. BJ

    In hilly Bernal its hard to find space to park temporarily when you unloading supplies to carry up the two and three flights of step, especially when there are children under five. Parking in a driveway should be allowed if the car allows at least 44″ of space to allow pedestrian or wheelchair access. Please tell me how a disable person is going to access a hill that is more than 8% slope on a side walk. Most residential tickets happen because of neighbors with bad attitudes. I think DPT needs to exercise good judgement rather that treating every circumstance as black and white. Mr. O’Leary sounds like he was reaching out of the air for a justification. Come on!!! DPT there is a RECESSION and people are out of work!!!

  4. BJ

    After reading some of the responses, the residents of this City are less tolerent than they were several years ago… especially in the Mission. And people wonder why San Francisco is losing their families.

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