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San Diego cracking down on RV parking

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8 ) - Starting August 1, the city of San Diego will begin enforcing a ban on recreational vehicles and other large vehicles parked on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

This ban was first approved by the city council last July, and was modified slightly earlier this week.

City officials says during the first 15 days of enforcement, there will be a grace period on this overnight ban on campers, trailers and large boats.

The ordinance is in response to numerous homeowner complaints that big vehicles block views and create traffic hazards when left along curbsides in residential neighborhoods.

Currently, RVs could remain parked in the same spot on San Diego public streets for up to 72 hours before they must move one-tenth of a mile. It's a rule many San Diegans had complained is not uniformly enforced and creates a nuisance for the community, from loud generator noise to sometimes criminal behavior.

In 2011, transient Stephen Dragasits, who had been staying in his trailer parked throughout Kearny Mesa, was arrested for randomly shooting at drivers along the 163 freeway.

Critics of the ban at Monday's council meeting blasted the proposal, which they said unfairly targeted all RV owners. They contend that the current regulations are working.

According to the proposal, violators of the overnight parking ban would be assessed a fine of $100.

Critics of the ban have blasted the idea, which they say unfairly targets all RV owners. They contend that the current regulations are working.

San Diego residents who own RVs will be able to apply for 24-hour permits for $2 to park on the same block as their home, while preparing for trips.
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