Hate Parking Tickets? Fixed Fights Them In Court For You

by : techcrunch – excerpt

Up to 50 percent of parking tickets are dismissed when fought in court, but it takes knowledge and time to do it. New app Fixed will do it for you. Take a photo of your ticket, Fixed contests it, and if it’s dismissed, you pay Fixed 25 percent of the ticket price. If Fixed loses, you pay it nothing, so there’s nothing to lose. Fixed just launched in San Francisco, but wants to fight tickets nationwide.

David Hegarty started Fixed after paying four parking tickets one morning only to come to his car and find two more. “The tickets were complete bullshit, and I knew they had been erroneously issued,” he tells me…

The idea was so popular that Fixed filled up its early beta group in SF almost as soon as it launched its site, but you can sign up for the waiting list now…

In the meantime, it will have to compete with clumsier web-based services Parkingticket.com and ParkingTicketGuys. Scaling will be a serious challenge, and the company could run into trouble dealing with city governments. “They’ve seen parking fines as a cash cow that they milked from motorists,” Hegarty says. “If we start helping the motorist fight back, we don’t know how they’ll react.”…

$64 tickets (in SF) for not re-parking your car at 6 a.m. every other day seems a bit outrageous. If cities want to hammer people with expensive tickets, they should have to make parking rules clear and enforce them fairly. If they don’t, Hegarty says Fixed is “here to restore a little bit of justice to your day.”… (more)

This story is making it around the media. We waited till we saw a link to what appears to be a legit site to add it to our files. Here it is. Check it out and report back. http://getfixed.me

A lot of people are asking about taking ticket cases to court.  Yes, you can sue the city because the city is a corporation. There is a growing list of successes in lawsuits against city where parking and badly written tickets are concerned. One is scheduled to settle today. There are some attorneys who will take the city on when the appeals process fails.

Find out why is the appeals process is handled by the institution that hands out the tickets?

Parking Ticket Victory!

By David LaBua : 7×7 – excerpt

Dear Parking Guru,
Five months and three days after following your advice, which was to immediately request an in-person hearing with an SFMTA parking administrative judge and use the 72-hour law as my defense, I am declaring victory on this fine San Francisco morning.
I just received a letter stating, “After review of the testimony, the parking control officer’s photos, the citation, permit records, Google Maps, and a call to the complainant, the preponderance of the evidence supports the conclusion that although the location had a valid special event no parking permit, it was not properly posted 72 hours in advance as required, and your vehicle was parked outside the restricted area. The citation is dismissed and grounds for a refund.”
I think the fifteen minutes it took to attend a hearing was well worth it. Your advice to schedule the first hearing of the day and to use the 72-hour rule as my defense worked like a charm.
Thanks again for your support and insight.  

Regards,
Positive Cash Flow

Dear Positive,
Everybody who comes in to see them every hour of every day of their workday is angry. And about half of them leave even angrier.
However, the other fifty percent, like you, who know the obscure parking laws like the 72-hour rule, the 100-foot rule, and the 3% rule, and use them in their defense, will find that the judges know the rules extremely well and are fair.  When the judge clearly sees that a car was ticketed or towed erroneously, they will own it and do the right thing.

Unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of result. If your tickets were not resolved to your satisfaction, log your complaints here on

DPTwatch tracks bad tickets and the broken appeals process

dptwatch.com

As you have voiced concerns over the SFMTA ticketing and appeals process, we are sending this advance notice about a site that tracks ticket complaints. Even though the owner is out of the country, he is working on it, and reports a recent uptick in complaints. If you haven’t already done so you might want to log your complaint on the site.
http://www.dptwatch.com/
We also suggest you send a message re: your tickets to the Supervisors since they are holding a hearing on Thursday about parking concerns. Even if you sent a letter already, now is a good time to remind them. We anticipate some mentions of the broken tickets appeals process as one of the arguments for requesting a moratorium on expanding parking restrictions. The broken appeals process cannot handle any more tickets or complaints.
It is hardly a fair and balanced judicial process when the department that hands out the tickets is also charged with deliberating on the efficacy of the tickets. Paul Rose admitted that he feels the MTA is justified in magnifying the difficulties in order to force people out of their cars.
SFMTA Media Relations Manager and unofficial captain of obvious observations Paul Rose told CBS5 that “it looks like it’s operational sometimes and not operational others.”
The ticket appeal process usually takes multiple tries before the ticket itself will be dismissed, making for an even bigger hassle than say, taking Muni… (more)

Other places to lodge your complaints are here:
https://metermadness.wordpress.com/sfpark-compaints/

Malevolent Spiders Behind Parking Meter That Eats Your Money

by : sfappeal.com – excerpt

Spiders may become your new best parking friends or worst ticket nightmare when it comes to metered parking in the city. No, our meter maids weren’t taken over by sci-fi arachnids hellbent on ruining the increasingly limited parking options in SF. As CBS5 reports, a malfunctioning meter possibly ruined by spiders is to blame for tickets being wrongfully issued to multiple motorists.
The only problem is, according to California state law those tickets are illegal.
SF has to pass a special ordinance and post signs to allow ticketing at broken meters. Nevertheless, tickets are still being issued to that meter, though proof has been provided to the SFMTA that even when fed, the meter indicates that time is up.
SFMTA Media Relations Manager and unofficial captain of obvious observations Paul Rose told CBS5 that “it looks like it’s operational sometimes and not operational others.”
The ticket appeal process usually takes multiple tries before the ticket itself will be dismissed, making for an even bigger hassle than say, taking Muni… (more)

So now we have defective smart meters. Hopefully the SFMTA is not anticipating buying more of them until they work out the kinks, or I should say the bugs.