Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

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By Patti

The City of Santa Barbara will start ticketing oversized vehicles on September 5th.  I find the table of speed and measurements a little confusing. What do Ed readers think?

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Resident Aug 18, 2017 12:07 PM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

If the reason as stated by the City for this over-sized vehicle ban is safety, then how can the payment of a fee to obtain a permit fix the safety problem?

It either is, or is not, safe to park over-sized vehicles on the streets. Extorting a fee to allow some to do it can never change the safety implications of the parking.

Mesarats Aug 18, 2017 01:19 PM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

The city has no local accident data showing oversized vehicles have been a problem, yet if residents have a safety traffic issue and request a stop sign, speed bump or whatever, they have to provide a abundance of evidence and documentation, or someone has to die first.

420722 Aug 18, 2017 10:17 AM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

Mesarats- Best point I've heard anyone make regarding this.

Flicka-Some of these people are independent contractors that work from home or don't have a huge commercial space with parking. Why should they have to pay extra money to rent space when they pay for their business license, Insurance and other fees. Are you really saying they have no right to park in front of their own home? That's so sad and I'll bet you've had someone do home repairs for you over the years that will be affected by this. Where is the love for the working class laborers. I see many issues coming with this change.

Flicka Aug 18, 2017 09:11 AM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

If work vehicles are oversized why can't they be parked on grounds of the company the person works for. Or, rent a parking place in a private lot. If they can't find a place on the street in front of their home, they will have to park in front of yours.

Mesarats Aug 18, 2017 02:04 PM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

FLICKA. They are not allowed to park on a space in front of their home overnight or on any public street. They can only buy a temporary permit to do so for a max of 10 days every 90 days. So if that is your primary vehicle and you have to pay to park it in a private lot, then basically you need another car to get to your work car. That doesn't make a lot of sense. Also commercial vehicles pay additional fees so having to pay for a permit to park the vehicle where you working is equivalent to be charged twice for the same purpose.

a-1503071148 Aug 18, 2017 08:45 AM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

I think it indicates how the stopping distance increases as the speed increases. According to that chart, it amounts to approximately 100' for every increase in speed above 25 mph and would seem to require the driver of the tall vehicle to know the speed limit of the cross street. ...Seems unlikely to happen. Perhaps there should be curb markings? One of the big problems of these over-sized vehicles is their blocking of line of sight of oncoming cross street vehicles.

Mesarats Aug 18, 2017 08:45 AM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

I think the city of Santa Barbara and Visit Santa Barbara should post on the website and notify AAA, RV clubs and rental agencies and related tourism sites informing them that RV vacationers are not welcome on the streets of Santa Barbara so they don't waste their time and the possibility of a fine. Hipsters in $90,000 van conversions or families taking a road trip in a rental

420722 Aug 17, 2017 09:11 PM
Santa Barbara City to Ticket Oversized Vehicles in September

I think people living and dumping sewer should be cited/towed/removed etc. but what is a hard working/man or woman that has large vehicle for work supposed to do when they don't have a driveway or garage large enough for their trailer/van/truck etc. There are going to be several issues that arise. Look how well the AUD project is going. First project a failure, I don't think this is going to be a good thing either.

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