It’s a sight we all dread- you get back to your car and find a parking ticket tucked under your windshield wiper ready to suck the dollars out of your wallet. Whether you parked in a red zone, didn’t move it for street cleaning, or perhaps even the meter maid messed up, there’s now an app for that. Fixed is an app created by entrepreneur David Hegarty that will fight your ticket in court for you.
Here’s how it works- after you sign up with Fixed, you take a picture of your parking ticket with your mobile and enter it on the app along with the violation number. After providing any other additional pictures of the curb, street signs, etc., the app tells you the probability of getting it dismissed. Fixed then sends a contest letter to the court that you digitally sign through your mobile device and they handle all communication from there. If your ticket gets dismissed, you only pay 25% of what it would have cost to Fixed. If you lose though, you pay the ticket like normal but you don’t owe Fixed anything. What do you have to lose?
It all began when founder David Hegarty went to pay for four parking tickets only to come back to find two more waiting on his car. “The tickets were complete bullshit, and I knew they had been erroneously issued” he told TechCrunch. Now the startup is aiming for a piece of the $100 million pie that San Francisco alone gets from parking tickets. According to the article, the U.S. in whole collects about $3 billion a year in tickets, a huge market to challenge the government in.
Fixed is currently in their beta testing phase in San Francisco only, which was hugely popular from the start, so the rest of us will have to wait for now. Hegarty eventually plans to expand all over the U.S. and is hoping to help fight moving violations in the future as well. Is this bringing justice to motorists or cheating the government and community out of funds and parking safety? Who wouldn’t use this app?
Learn more about Fixed here.