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City of San Mateo Municipal Code.


(a) When a vehicle is parked in any space regulated by a parking meter, the operator of such vehicle shall, upon entering such parking space, immediately deposit, or cause to be deposited, coinage in such parking meter, and put such meter into operation, and failure to deposit such coinage of the specified value, and put the meter into operation is unlawful. Upon the deposit of such coins and placing such meter in operation, the parking space may be lawfully occupied by such vehicle during the period of parking time which has been prescribed for the part of the street in which such parking space is located. If such vehicle remains parked in any such parking space beyond the parking time limit fixed for such parking space, the parking meter shall indicate such illegal parking and in that event, such vehicle shall be considered as parked overtime, and beyond the period of legal parking time, and the parking of a vehicle overtime or beyond the period of legal parking time in any such part of a street where any such meter is located is a violation of this chapter and punishable as hereinafter set out.

(b) Exception for Commercial Trucks. Commercial trucks may park in the parking zones to load or to unload merchandise, without depositing coins or tokens for a period not to exceed 30 minutes. Should any truck or delivery car be parked longer than 30 minutes, such violator will be given a ticket and classed as a violation, and the regular penalty imposed.