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Parking Apps and ‘Jerk Tech’

There have been a few articles over the last couple of months referring to ‘jerk tech’, apps or technology that exploit public infrastructure to make money for themselves. This was highlighted by a couple of different parking apps, which were

Posted in Apps, News, Technology

‘Fixed’ parking app out of beta

I wrote a little about the parking app called Fixed in a post back in January, but the app recently went out of beta and launched to the whole San Francisco area. They’ve also raised an additional $1.2 million in

Posted in Apps, News, Technology, Updates

Appy Parking App now available on Android

  I haven’t previously picked up on this app, which has been available on iTunes for a while, but it’s now been released on the Google Play store as well.  The (free) app aims to cover nearly all of London,

Posted in Apps, News, Technology

Ticket fighting app launches in US

According to an article over at TechCrunch, an ambitious app is launching in San Francisco that offers to fight parking tickets.  The new Fixed app is running under a limited beta trial, and would charge 25% of the amount fined

Posted in Apps, News, Technology

Lincolnshire wardens quit over abuse

It’s been a while since I wrote about the introduction of civil parking enforcement in Lincolnshire, which started about 6 months ago.  An article published this morning states that every single warden (or Civil Enforcement Officer) employed at the introduction

Posted in News, Updates

Arrests over fake clamping scam

I’m a bit late with this one, but various papers have reported on a group of BT engineers being arrested over a fake clamping scheme.  It’s alleged that the engineers created a fake company, issuing paperwork for the release of

Posted in News

App Spotlight – SpotSquad

I saw a couple of articles today about an app called SpotSquad due to go into trials in Canada next month.  It brings the idea of crowdsourcing to the parking enforcement arena.  We’ve all seen cases of bad parking, with

Posted in Apps, News, Technology

BBC2 Tomorrow: The Route Masters

If you’ve ever driven in London or dealt with PCNs issued there, you know how easy it can be to get caught out.  A new BBC series starting on 17/06/13 @ 21:00 will follow TfL staff and police officers as

Posted in Fun, News

Islington issuing incorrect PCNs for 5 years?

According to the Islington Gazette, Islington council could be facing mass appeals and refunds on PCNs they have been issuing since 2008.  It seems to stem from a PATAS case (#2130131169), in which it is noted that not only did

Posted in News

Congestion Charge consultation results

I was a bit slow with this update.  The results of the Congestion Charge consultation I mentioned last year have now been made public.  As expected, the Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD) will be replaced by the Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED).

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