By Martha Neil : abajournal – excerpt
A San Francisco motorist who got so many parking tickets that he became something of an expert at fighting them has created an application to help others do so, for a 25 percent fee if there is a dismissal.
David Hegarty’s Fixed app, launched in a trial beta version last week, has member San Francisco motorists submit a photograph of the ticket, plus the violation code. Then it suggests common defenses and prompts fellow drivers to take relevant photos that could be used in evidence. A letter is prepared, digitally signed by the driver, and submitted by Fixed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and TechCrunch.
Hegarty told NPR that he got the idea for Fixed after paying multiple tickets, only to discover two more tickets on his car the same day. He says he plans to expand the application to other cities, too. Currently, there is a waiting list to participate in the San Francisco trial version.
“Fixed is not a law firm. Your parking advocate is not an attorney. Communications do not constitute legal advice,” notes the fine print at the bottom of the Fixed page.
Similar services are offered, in multiple U.S. cities, by parkingticket.com and, in Toronto by the Parking Ticket Guys, TechCrunch notes… (more)
There are so many people who are livid over illegal tickets and broken meters, that we will try to keep up with some solutions for those problems. The media is picking up on these so we are as well. Coming soon a story about a little guy who sued the city and SFMTA and won.