San Francisco gives low-income people a break on city’s steep tow and boot fees.

Towing imageIt costs San Franciscans over $500 on average to get their car back when it’s towed. Getting towed can be devastating for people with lower incomes, who sometimes must decide between paying their rent or paying to get their car back. Thanks to reforms passed by the SFMTA, fewer lower income San Franciscans will have to make this choice. The SFMTA Board voted unanimously on May 15 to deeply discount tow and boot fees for San Franciscans who earn below 200 % of the Federal Poverty Line (about $50,000 for a family of four). The board also voted to make it easier for lower-income people to pay off citations through payment plans or community service options. Read about the details of the reforms in our announcement and in the San Francisco Chronicle.