“Smart” Parking coming to San Francisco

San Francisco is putting the finishing touches on SFPark, a “smart” parking system that will alert drivers to open parking spaces and even adjust hourly meter costs based on demand.  This is touted as a way to improve parking availabilty.  The city claims “SMFTA expects to issue fewer parking tickets due to longer time limits at meters that offer easier payment options.”  However, the opposite is more likely to be true.  If the city knows a car is in a parking spot with the meter expired, why wouldn’t they rush over to ticket the car?  Parking enforcement officers will no longer have to drive around looking for expired meters.  Instead, the network will tell them exactly where to find ticketable offenses.

What do you think?  Good for drivers, or good for the city?

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