We fought a tow fee and won

TRUE STORY: How we found a tow fee and won.

My husband just fought a tow fee and we received a full refund without going to court. Go on SFGOV and check out the law. If you have questions or think the tow company circumvented the law in any way contact the DA. Ethel helped us get our money back. If we went to small claims we could have sued for 4x the amount. The tow company made a few mistakes. For example I tried to pay with AMEX which is a city requirement and the tow company said they didn’t take it. Who knew! Ethel from the DAs office was the go between who advised them they violated the law. I can’t tell you how good (and a bit surreal!) it felt to get our $590 back from the towing company! Good luck!

A large percentage of tickets are handed out erroneously. If you have any questions about the validity of your ticket, you should fight it. Thanks to everyone for helping us get through this awful experience with helpful tips.

Fixed on ‘Shark Tank’: Interview With Owner

heavy – excerpt

Fixed, an app that takes the stress out of getting tickets, entered the Shark Tank on January 15. Users simply take a picture of their ticket and through the app, they are connected with a lawyer. Heavy interviewed David Hegarty about his San Francisco-based business that has expanded to New York and expects to be in more cities in the near future.
To read all of Heavy’s Shark Tank coverage, click here. (more)

Fight parking tickets with Fixed. Goood to hear FIXED is getting media attention. Beating tickets and fighting the SFMTA is by far our most popular subject, even though the stories are not on the front page, but listed under Complaints. Illegal tickets are handed out to both car drivers and Muni riders and all are mad about that.

 

There’s an app for that: Fed-up motorist helps others fight parking tickets, for a fee

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.

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?

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.