Meter Maids Return And Are Giving Out Tickets
Well, it was nice while it lasted.
The city of San Diego had free parking on its streets during the summer and early fall – a move to encourage people to visit and support local businesses – but that officially ended on Oct. 15.
On that day, parking meters began being enforced again and meter maids were writing tickets. PubClub.com can confirm this first-hand, as I witnessed a car getting a ticket in the Gaslamp Quarter.
The price of parking at a meter if between $3-10 for one hour, while 24-hour parking (where permitted) ranges from $10-30. Sometimes, you’re better off going into a lot.
As always, check the signs on the meters and on the street for information at a particular location. Also be aware of the handicapped spots and – particularly in the Gaslamp – loading zones.
Most of the meters in San Diego are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. but if you’re in the Hospitality Zone Downtown or the Hillcrest Commercial Zone in Hillcrest, they go until 8 p.m. Metered parking is free on Sundays.
In other San Diego parking news, the city is considering installing meters along Garnet Ave., in Pacific Beach. Right now, it’s free for two hours, tho the time limit is generally loosely enforced.
Some businesses are for installing meters while residents are against it, knowing that people will simply park on neighborhood streets – taking up their parking places while they do it – instead of on Garnet.
But if park at a meter anywhere in San Diego, pay it, or risk getting a ticket.