In certain cities, parking tickets can get out of control very quickly. If you've ever caught an episode of "Parking Wars," then you know exactly how extreme it can be.
So extreme, in fact, that the average parking ticket in San Francisco is $75. Get multiple tickets in a short time span and you could quickly end up in the poor house - that is, unless you contest your ticket. The same can be said for speeding tickets and those pesky red light cameras.
But contesting tickets isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. It usually involves a trip to the court house, or lots of phone calls and running around. That's why there is the Fixed app, the app that helps users contest their tickets.
All users have to do is take a photo of their ticket and answer a few general questions about their driving. A Fixed employee will then compare notes with Google Street View; i.e., Is the signage there and correct? Has the paint washed off the curb?
If Fixed finds the ticket to be improperly issued, it will write a letter to the town or city for the user. You can also hire an attorney to help you battle the ticket, starting at $150. According to the Fixed website, its lawyers have a 90% success rate.
The Fixed app has been around since 2014, but just now it's seeing some backlash. As Naked Security points out, when you do the math, the parking ticket industry is reportedly worth $133 million. That's a lot of revenue to be missed out on.
So in September, Fixed had to stop services, hopefully temporarily, after several different issues with the city of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, who were attempting to have the app blocked. The company confirmed that the move will impact nearly 100,000 users. Fixed also told Tech Crunch that it would be changing the focus of Fixed to be more geared toward traffic and speeding tickets rather than parking tickets.
According to the app's developers, Fixed is currently still available in these California locations:
- Orange County
- San Mateo
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
There's also a list of more than 100 cities where Fixed will be available soon, if there are no more setbacks.