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  • Jeffrey Baker

    Now that they’ve piloted these techniques with the tech shuttles, they should extend them to all vehicles. Real-time location tracking and automatic billing for stopping in a bus stop would really clean things up around here.

  • RichLL

    So you want Trump knowing where you are at all times?

  • SF Guest

    While I don’t condone the illegal act of stopping in a bus stop I must have missed the memo that continuous real-time GPS tracking is required for private vehicles and that same information must be provided to SFMTA.

  • RichLL

    I don’t see a problem with a driver stopping at a bus stop for the time it takes to drop somebody off. I sometimes drop off my wife at a bus stop. I only pull in if there is no bus around (which is 95% of the time) and I am stopped for maybe 30 seconds, max.

    Parking in a bus stop is quite another matter, however. The problem with any GPS-enabled enforcement is that it can’t recognize those nuanced differences.

  • SF Guest

    I agree. I don’t see a problem with stopping at a bus stop to let a passenger off provided there are no approaching buses. If you are illegally parked with the driver in the vehicle he/she should be given the latitude to move or be cited instead of being automatically cited.

  • RichLL

    In my experience that is what happens. As long as you are in the car then the cops will just invite you to move on. They don’t cite if you’re clearly temporary, causing no obstruction or danger, and in control of your vehicle.

    The only time I ever got a ticket while in my vehicle was at an airport. A cop told me to move on and I circled around and stopped again. I deserved that and was willing to pay the ticket

  • SF Guest

    It’s my understanding that while cops can allow you to move on they are within the law to write you up for illegal parking even if you are occupying your vehicle.

  • RichLL

    Yes, totally, they can technically cite you. But they typically tend not to and that absolutely makes sense. Cops are actually pretty reasonable most of the time.

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