Good news for drivers in the UK: an 18-year-old student who just earned acceptance to Stanford University this month has created a website for those prone to receiving parking tickets.
According to Mashable, Joshua Browder came up with the idea for Donotpay.co.uk after accumulating quite a few tickets himself. His website automatically generates appeals to parking ticket violations by formatting them after previously successful appeals.
Browder understands the struggles of parking in a big city. In an email to Mashable, he wrote:
“Over the past two years, I have received around thirty parking tickets for trivial reasons. I have to spend around one hundred hours of valuable study time writing appeals to these tickets, many which have been successful.
“I have come to realise that councils issue tickets first and ask questions later. Unfortunately, many recipients of these tickets don’t have the time, legal knowledge or energy to appeal.”
His free website resolves this issue by allowing users to quickly and easily create an appeal to their parking violation that will maximize their chances of winning the case.
Users are able to log in and choose their reason for appealing from a list of categories. From there, a letter of appeal is generated based off the template of successful defenses for similar cases. Browder said of the site:
“The site not only saves time, but also ensures that drivers have the best possible chance of winning their appeals. I created the service after scanning thousands of pages of documents released under the Freedom of information Act and consulting a leading traffic lawyer.”