Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Poor Parking Job? Report It Using New App

See poorly parked cars regularly? Instead of leaving a nasty note on the windshield you can use a new app to flag it for towing.

The TowIt app, available in Google and Apple versions, lets people report illegal parking and dangerous driving in real time, according to it's developer.

“TowIt works with municipal governments, local law enforcement, and towing companies to remove the barriers required to make cities effectively fight and deter bad parking and dangerous driving habits,” according to developer Michael McArthur.

It started in Toronto where it's apparently caught on with cyclists. McArthur has apparently met with some of the mayor’s staff, and has also reached out Traffic Services, who have contacted him to discuss the app.

Right now though, TowIt seems most useful for shaming lousy parkers online. You can find out more about the app from CityLab

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