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Disabled Parking Violation Penalty Increases

New Civil Penalty Amounts to Take Effect

Amendments to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) to address the problem of disabled parking placard abuse will become effective January 1, 2010.

The amendments authorize the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to adopt increased fines and penalties for various disabled parking violations in the form of a civil penalty of not less than $250 and not more than $1,000, and allows SFMTA parking control officers to cite disabled parking violations by issuing a parking citation.

On January 5, 2010, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider a proposed base civil penalty of $750 for the following CVC Section 22511.57 violations:

  • Use of lost, stolen or expired placard/plate
  • Misuse of placard/plate
  • Use of counterfeit, forged or altered placard/plate

Additional language specific to CVC Section 22511.57 includes use of a valid license plate or placard when it is displayed on a vehicle that is not being used to transport, and is not in the reasonable proximity of, the person to whom the special license plate or placard was issued.

The SFMTA Board of Directors will also consider adopting an additional assessment of 10% for violations of CVC Sections 22507.8, 22511.57 and 22522.  This 10% additional penalty assessment is mandated by CVC Section 40203.6.

Proposed penalty amounts



BASE FINE   plus 10%


Parking in blue zone without placard/plate



Blocking access to blue zone



Parking in the crosshatch area adjacent to a blue zone



Lost, stolen or expired placard/plate



Misuse of placard/plate



Counterfeit, Forged or Altered placard/plate



W/3 ft Wheelchair Ramp


Please call 311 for more information.

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