A San Francisco couple are now taking a different approach to how they park after receiving a $1,500 fine for parking in their own driveway. It’s something the two have been doing for nearly 40 years, but the city planning department says their parking habits violate the planning code.
According to local news affiliate ABC, parking in a back street in front of a house is an offense, just as Judy and Ed Craine did. Their house is located on a steep hill which makes parking on the street a challenge. So they park in the driveway in front of their house, which they have done for the last 36 years.
However, someone filed a complaint with the city about Craine and their two neighbors for the same offence. San Francisco Chief Planning Officer Dan Sider told ABC 7 he understands the owners’ frustration, but the city is enacting laws to ensure homeowners don’t fill their front yards with cars, which seems like something that should be done on their own properties. , especially if the yard is a concrete slab.
The couple received a $1,542 fine with the threat of another $250 each day their car remained in the carpad. The two emailed the city, hoping to admit that something had gone wrong, but the city stood firm. Instead, the planning department said the couple might get an affidavit if they could prove parking was of historical use in the home. All the evidence the couple could find was not up to the city’s standards.
While couples will no longer be allowed to use their carpads for parking, the city government waives fines without the spouses having to pay after they remove their car from the carpad. According to ABC 7, the city also told the couple they could build a carport or garage on their carpad, allowing them to park there.