Jun 10

Parkzing chosen as mobile local app of the week

Mike Boland at the esteemed Kelsey Group has declared Parkzing the “Mobile Local App of the Week“ for doing what we love to do: save drivers money.  Mike avoided a $60 street cleaning ticket this week … music to our ears!

Jun 10

UrbanDaddy coverage

Our favorite daily “what’s hot” newsletter, UrbanDaddy, has blessed us with awesome coverage not once, but twice: once for DC (website) and once in SF (iPhone app).

Thanks, UrbanDaddy, for helping us with our goal of saving drivers millions in unnecessary fees and fines!

Jun 10

When you’re right …

Our friend Larry Berezin over at New York Parking Ticket tells the amazing story of the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) losing an appeal to a ticket-fighter who felt the parking laws were (conveniently) applied only in one direction.

I don’t expect this to chance the DOF’s procedures, but it’s nice to see them called out for behaviour outside the bounds of the law.

Jun 10

Chicago parking mystery

Chicago blogs are a-buzz with what seems like a car (not just any car, but a BMW) getting preferential parking treatment.  Is this car on an elusive do-not-ticket list?  Or, is it just simply parked where the signage doesn’t limit parking (unlike what the curb paint seems to indicate)?

You be the judge …

May 10

Parkzing iPhone app now available in San Francisco

Big day for Parkzing!  Our iPhone app for San Francisco is now available in Apple’s iTunes store.  The app knows the city’s street cleaning schedule and will remind you the night before when it’s time to move your car.

Check it out: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/parkzing-san-francisco/id372871827?mt=8

May 10

Fun San Francisco Parking Ticket Stats

Some fun facts about parking tickets in San Francisco, pulled from parking ticket data 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2009.

The numbers:

  • 1,706,510 tickets issued to 708,162 different license plates.
  • Grand total: $103,639,392.
  • 407,295 cars received only 1 ticket.
  • Most expensive ticket: $650 for parking in a disabled spot.
  • Most ticketed car: 398 tickets totalling $26,363.
  • Most ticketed make: Toyota.
  • Most ticketed day: Tuesday.
  • Most tickted date: January 2 (8299 tickets). [Jan 2nd fell on a Friday in 2009]
  • Least ticketed date: December 25 (111 tickets).
  • Most ticketed hour: Noon hour (by almost 70%!).
  • % issued by SFPD: 3.2%.
  • Most-issued ticket: T37C (Street cleaning) for $27,784,243 in fines.

Worst offenders (anyone see a pattern here?!):

  1. White Truck,  398 tickets
  2. Brown Truck, 368 tickets
  3. White Van,  320 tickets
  4. Brown Truck, 293 tickets
  5. White Truck 292 tickets

Worst offenders that don’t seem to be delivery trucks:

  1. Silver Lexus SUV, 248 tickets
  2. Silver Honda SUV, 206 tickets
  3. Black Lexus Sedan, 104 tickets
  4. Gray Lexus Sedan, 103 tickets
  5. White Ford Station Wagon, 92 tickets

Most productive officers:

  1. Badge 217: 18,187 tickets
  2. Badge 357: 17,449 tickets
  3. Badge 8: 16,812 tickets
  4. Badge 109: 16,527 tickets
  5. Badge 268: 16,454 tickets

More stats on the way in a future post.  Taking requests: what do you want to know?

May 10

SF Parking ticket prices go up … again!

No, I’m not referring to the $2 across-the-board ticket price increase that went into effect April 1.  I’m talking about the $2.50 per-ticket fee that, as of May 1, is now being charged to you when you pay your ticket online with a credit card.  For those keeping score at home, that’s almost a 10% ticket price increase in just 2 months.

Knowing this, SF drivers, will you plan ahead to pay by check to avoid the $2.50 fee?  Or will you still pay by credit card and take another 5% hit?  Or will you just let Parkzing take care of it all for you?

Apr 10

Man tries to wipe away parking ticket

Original, I suppose, but definitely not a recommended tactic for dealing with those unwanted parking tickets.

See here.

Mar 10

SF parking meter hours to be extended into the evening

See here.  Specific neighborhoods haven’t been announced, yet.

Mar 10

“Smart” Parking coming to San Francisco

San Francisco is putting the finishing touches on SFPark, a “smart” parking system that will alert drivers to open parking spaces and even adjust hourly meter costs based on demand.  This is touted as a way to improve parking availabilty.  The city claims “SMFTA expects to issue fewer parking tickets due to longer time limits at meters that offer easier payment options.”  However, the opposite is more likely to be true.  If the city knows a car is in a parking spot with the meter expired, why wouldn’t they rush over to ticket the car?  Parking enforcement officers will no longer have to drive around looking for expired meters.  Instead, the network will tell them exactly where to find ticketable offenses.

What do you think?  Good for drivers, or good for the city?