Reader Josh Miller tells us that he spotted this booted stretch limo at 21st and Harrison Streets this weekend, describing it as a "metaphor alert." But there's nothing metaphorical about the penalties that driver faces, as according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, "under the California Vehicle Code, a vehicle with five or more delinquent parking citations may be immediately towed or temporarily disabled or 'booted.'"
Post-boot, you have 72 hours to pay all your outstanding tickets (not just for the booted car, but all cars registered in your name) plus the boot fee of $316. Once you settle your tab, the MTA says the boot will be off within two hours...unless it's a Sunday or holiday, in which case you're SOL until the next day.
If you don't pay up, your vehicle will be towed, which even following the Board of Supes mandated cuts to fees will still cost you an additional $380. I wonder how they tow something this long — can they still just hoist it up with a traditional tow truck, or do they need to use one of those flatbed or big-rig vehicles?
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