Our “San Francisco Parking Tips” blog series explains some of the lesser-known rules listed in the SFMTA’s new Streets of San Francisco Parking Guide (PDF). It’s part of the SFMTA’s effort to make it easier for locals and visitors to understand and follow the rules of on-street parking.
Look for these red and white signs (and others) before you park.
Commute hour tow-away zones are curbside parking areas that are converted to traffic lanes to reduce traffic congestion during rush hour. During posted times, drivers are prohibited from stopping in these lanes, and violators may have their vehicles ticketed and towed.
Commute hour tow-away zones tend to be found on streets prone to heavy traffic, such as downtown and SoMa.
These restrictions are usually in place between the peak commute hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., though the specific times are posted on signs.
Commute hour tow-away restrictions take precedence over any other restrictions posted on the street. There are no exemptions for drivers who display disabled parking placards or stop to pick up or drop off passengers.
We don’t want your vehicle to get towed any more than you do. Here are some tips to avoid it.