March 2, 2009 By News Report
Parkingticket.com last week announced full compatibility of its online service with the Safari Web browser on the Apple iPhone, urging iPhone users to use the service to contest parking tickets the moment it is issued. "The iPhone, combined with its versatile camera," said Parkingticket.com in a release, "revolutionizes the way people can now fight back against predatory ticketing.
"Imagine, you come back to your car from dinner and find a ticket on your windshield and you were positive you had parked legally. Now, without even leaving the scene, you can use your iPhone and begin to fight your ticket. You react instantly to a ticket using your iPhone," explained parkingticket.com President Glen Bolofsky.
The process begins by navigating the iPhone's Safari browser to the parkingticket.com Web site where users will find a means to fight a parking ticket; whether the ticket was issued in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. "Simply register for a free account and choose the city in which the ticket was issued. Enter your ticket and vehicle details then answer a few quick questions. The detailed process takes about 10 minutes, from A-Z. To allow easy entry of your ticket, a look-alike parking ticket is displayed - for your specific city -- with interactive functionality.
Parkingticket.com suggests the recipient snap lots of photos including: the actual sign, a full perspective of the entire street showing all the signs and the actual street address of where the ticket was issued. "Multiple photos' can help you win the case," says parkingticket.com.
To have parkingticket.com prepare a guaranteed dismissal request letter customers post 50 percent of the fine amount at the onset of the process. If parkingticket.com is successful in assisting in getting the ticket dismissed, then the upfront deposit is retained by parkingticket.com. If, after a hearing, the parking ticket fine is reduced, rather then dismissed, parkingticket.com retains half of the amount saved and refunds the balance. After the hearings take place, if parkingticket.com is unsuccessful in getting the ticket dismissed or reduced they will not only refund the posted payment, but also pay the user an additional $10.00. So, now, iPhone users will get paid to fight their tickets if they are not dismissed or reduced.
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