Apps Fixed, The App That Fights Parking Tickets, Raises $650K More And Heads To Oakland

: techcrunch – excerpt

Fixed, the mobile app fights parking tickets on your behalf, which has been before today only available in San Francisco, is now expanding to the neighboring city of Oakland. It then plans to add on a new city at a rate of about one per month, the company says…

The idea for the Fixed mobile application is clever. Customers snap a photo of their parking ticket using their smartphone’s camera, and the app checks for a variety of common errors before writing a customized contest letter to the city on your behalf. But it does more than that, too, explains Fixed co-founder David Hegarty, the company will even tap into Google Street View to determine if the city has the proper signage in place in the area you received the ticket.

He says that Fixed home base of San Francisco hasn’t been all that receptive to the way the startup has helped automate the ticket contesting process for locals. “Over 50% of tickets have an issue or error that makes them invalid,” he explains. “But we get frustrated because the SFMTA [San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency] doesn’t play by the rules of what’s valid versus invalid. They’re a complete stickler for the rules when issuing the ticket…but they have a very lax interpretation of the rules when it comes to arbitrating disputes,” he laments… (more)

Muni uses anti-terrorism funds to catch fare cheats

By sfexaminer – excerpt

Since 9/11, cities nationwide have been flooded with funding from the federal government to help prevent more terror attacks on the country.

The money goes to many efforts, like enhancing disaster preparedness across government agencies or beefing up anti-terrorism tactics in local police. It also makes its way to public-transit systems for various policing strategies.

In San Francisco, one of those strategies is catching fare cheats… (more)

We hope that Muni will have some funds left should they need them to deal with terrorists. Considering the high number unwarranted tickets due to technical glitches, there must be better ways to spend the money. Details on how to fight the Muni fare evasion ticket complaints:
Fight fair evasion tickets

Federal Anti-Terrorist Money Used By Muni To Tackle Fare Evasion In San Francisco – By Jeffrey Schaub : cbslocal – excerpt – (audio track) SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Since 9/11 San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has been using federal counter terrorism grants to help catch bus and rail fare cheaters on Muni. But there are questions about whether such use of funds is appropriate… LISTEN: to the audio track… (more)

We are not the only ones who question this.