The first time you get a parking ticket, you’ll probably feel an overwhelming sense of dread that stems from the fact that you’re not quite sure what kind of trouble you’re in or how you’re going to get out of it. However, experienced metro parkers know that parking tickets can be beaten if you’re willing to invest a little time and money into beating them.
Alternatively, you could just download an app. While there isn’t an app that will make your parking ticket vanish into thin air – at least not yet – there are plenty of apps that make fighting your tickets – or avoiding them all together – so much easier than it’s ever been before.
Fighting a parking ticket tends to be more annoying than it is difficult. You have to go to court, plead your case, and usually end up having to attend traffic school if you can’t avoid the fine outright. All things considered, most people opt to spend the money.
If you want to save a little money while also avoiding the ramifications of a ticket, Fixed is a fascinating option. Fixed allows you to send a picture of your parking ticket directly to a lawyer of your choosing and let them handle the bulk of the legwork that goes along with fighting tickets.
2. Off The Record
Off the Record is very similar to Fixed in that it allows you to take a picture of your ticket, send it off to legal counsel of your choosing, and let them handle all that nasty paperwork and procedures.
However, Off the Record separates itself from the pack by virtue of its expanded feature set. Off the Record places a greater emphasis on matching you with an attorney who can fit your specific needs and budget. Furthermore, it includes an expanded chat option so that you can stay in communication with your chosen attorney. Users report that you might pay a few dollars more through Off the Record, but the quality of service you receive in return seems to be worth it.
Much like New York City pizza and New York City cockroaches, New York City tickets are a breed unto themselves. New York City’s parking rules are designed to ensure that even the most cautious of drivers usually end up with the occasional ticket. When that happens, most choose to pay the ticket and move on.
If you live in NYC, WinIt is the best option for fighting driving-related tickets. It too allows you to take a picture of the ticket and shoot if off to a legal team, but WinIt benefits from user-friendly policies that make it so that you don’t pay your legal adviser until you win your dispute. Plus, this app allows you to dispute both traffic and parking tickets.
If you’d like to take a more proactive approach to fighting tickets, then consider parking garages and parking lots. Sure, many of them will charge you a little too much for their service, but they’re a lot cheaper than paying for a lawyer or a ticket.
This is where Parkopedia comes in. At present, Parkopedia’s coverage includes 38 million parking spots spread across 52 countries. Because most of the app’s parking options are user submitted, Parkopedia boasts a constantly expanding network of parking spaces that ensures you will find the best parking option pretty much anywhere you may roam. It’s a little light on features, but you can’t beat the app’s coverage.
Did you know there is a way to avoid getting parking tickets 100% of the time? It’s called public transportation The problem with public transportation is that it can be incredibly hard to utilize if you’re not familiar with the area you’re in. Plus, some people just prefer the privacy, speed, and convenience of driving.
Transit can’t do much about the privacy of public transportation, but it goes a long way to addressing your speed and convenience concerns. This app compiles public transportation information from major cities in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Not only does it show you where the nearest bus, shuttle, or train is, but it even tells you when your preferred public transportation method is arriving and provides step-by-step directions to and from anywhere in the city.