Hundreds of millions of dollars in driving and parking fines are written up every year in the Bay Area. In San Francisco alone, parking tickets fines alone add up to $124 million dollars per year. One reason, of course, is the city’s size, but another is the extremely high cost of some violations in the city.
In San Francisco, the highest-priced tickets are for parking in blue zones designated for disabled drivers. These will run you $866 apiece, actually down from $875 in early 2017. There are several other $866 tickets associated with parking in a blue zone, such as the false use of a placard.
Other Bay Area cities are less punitive for some of these violations than San Francisco. In Berkeley, the minimum fine is $280 for parking in a blue zone. In Oakland, the fine for use or misuse of a disabled placard is $513.
And while S.F. charges $110 for double parking, that offense will cost you only $41 in Oakland.
There are other violations that will also cost you several hundred dollars in San Francisco. If you park in a bus zone, that will set you back $288. You’ll be charged the same amount for blocking a wheelchair access ramp with your car.
While some S.F. parking fees may exceed other Bay Area cities, there are certain fines associated with driving set by the state and thus shared by the entire Bay Area. Two that are of high interest to local commuters are the cost of a ticket for illegally driving in an HOV lane ($490) and for getting caught running a red light (also $490).
The California fee for red light violation is the costliest in the U.S., and has caused a fair amount of controversy.
In the above gallery, we look at some of the most expensive driving and parking violations in the Bay Area which will hopefully answer questions about what it will cost you for everything from speeding to parking in a street sweeping zone around the Bay Area.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/The-crazy-cost-of-driving-and-parking-tickets-in-13595812.php.