SFMTA Introduces Text Alert Towing Pilot Program – CBS San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – People who park illegally in San Francisco now have the option to receive a text message before their vehicle is towed as part of a pilot program announced this week.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency called the program the first of its kind and will allow people to receive text messages if a tow truck has been dispatched due to vehicles blocking driveways, parking in construction zones or temporary zones, such as for special events and for parking in places for more than 72 hours where it is not allowed.

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These violations accounted for about 27 percent of all vehicles towed in the city by 2020. The program will not extend to illegal parking during peak hours of towing lanes, yellow or white zones, hazards or other violations, according to the SFMTA.

If the driver of the vehicle returns before the vehicle is coupled to a towing vehicle, it will not be towed, but a parking fine will still be issued.

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People can register their vehicle for the program at https://www.sfmta.com/text-tow-program-application.

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