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Now if you get a parking ticket in SF, Oakland or LA, you're on your own

By dkpope ยท 5 replies
Oct 13, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/10/2015-10-13-image-5.png" /></p> <p>Fixed, the mobile app that will fight your parking ticket, has been blocked in three cities -- San Francisco, Oakland and L.A. TechCrunch reports that the <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/12/fixed-the-app-that-fixes-your-parking-tickets-gets-blocked-in-san-francisco-oakland-l-a/#.mxqgzn:lUxz">suspension will impact around 100,000 users</a> and that now Fixed will shift its focus to its Traffic Ticket business instead.</p> <p>The way Fixed works is that users take a photo of their parking ticket, and then the app checks for a variety of common errors. If Fixed finds errors it writes a customized letter to the city on the user&rsquo;s behalf. Fixed also uses Google Street View to verify if the city had the proper signs in place where the ticket was received.</p> <p class="img-white"><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/10/2015-10-13-image-8.png" style="width: 700px; height: 654px;" /></p> <p>Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) hasn&rsquo;t been Fixed&rsquo;s fan for a long time.</p> <p>Fixed&rsquo;s &ldquo;win&rdquo; rate was 20%-30% which is pretty low considering that over half of the tickets have errors making them invalid. Why isn&rsquo;t the win rate higher? The city didn&rsquo;t always abide by their own rules when arbitrating disputes. But if your claim was one that did succeed, Fixed would charge a fee of 25% of the original fine.</p> <p>If you didn&rsquo;t win, the app automated the payment so you didn&rsquo;t have to use the city&rsquo;s website.</p> <p>To illustrate SFMTA&rsquo;s complete disregard for the app, when Fixed first started faxing their letters to the agency last year first they were told to stop using the fax machine. And when Fixed said it was legal for them to use it, the agency just shut off their fax machine.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/62409-now-if-you-get-parking-ticket-sf-oakland.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/62409-now-if-you-get-parking-ticket-sf-oakland.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/62409-now-if-you-get-parking-ticket-sf-oakland.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,494   +3,493

    Tickets are a revenue source for local governments. I'm surprised there hasn't been a larger ban on the app.
  3. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,216   +398

    They need to find a better way to generate revenue.

    Like maybe stop wasting our tax dollars.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,494   +3,493

    lol. There's a higher probability of the devil repenting.
    Reehahs and Lionvibez like this.
  5. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Maniac Posts: 410   +198

    What 'Fixed' need to do now is to provide an integrated service all the way to court with the user's defence lawyer being robotic and only programmed with one line: "Your issued ticket is invalid!".
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,314   +537

    Cities just need to make sure their tickets are filled out properly... Fixed only works if there are errors... so STOP MAKING ERRORS!!!

    Cars illegally parked make a huge impact on traffic - which in most cities is already terrible.... stop parking illegally, and maybe this would be simple...
    madboyv1, cliffordcooley and mailpup like this.

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