The Bay Area is an expensive place to live, especially in San Francisco. When it comes to the cost of driving and parking tickets, San Francisco has some of the highest costs for some of its city violations. According to the San Francisco Gate, parking ticket fines alone add up to $124 million dollars per year. The highest priced tickets in San Francisco are for parking in blue zones designated for disabled drivers, which costs $866 per violation. In comparison, the same violation in Berkley costs a minimum fine of $280 per violation.
Another violation in San Francisco that will result in a fine of $866 is the false use of a placard, which costs just $513 in Oakland. Double parking in San Francisco will get you a fine of $110, but in Oakland it will cost you just $41 per violation. There’s no great explanation for San Francisco having higher driving related fines other than the fact that it’s an expensive place to live. It’s definitely wise to watch out when driving in San Francisco to avoid paying those hefty fines.