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06/20/2013

Canadian app lets you rat out illegal parkers, get a cut

Spot_squadHave you ever wanted to do something when you see a car parked diagonally across two spots? Or when an able-bodied person parks in a handicap spot?

A new app from Canadian developers will let you report illegal parking jobs, and make a little bit of money off your diligence.

SpotSquad is the product of a team of Winnipeg app developers who created the app at a 55-hour start-up weekend event.

 

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Here's how it works:

When you spot a vehicle parked illegally, fire up the app and let it locate the parking lot from where you are.

Then, select the type of infraction, a from double parking offence to a snow route offence.

Next, input the offending vehicle's licence plate and/or take a picture of the brutal parking job.

The operators of the parking lot – or the municipal authorities – receive your parking tip and then send an enforcement officer to issue a ticket.

What's in it for you? A certain percentage of the ticket, as a reward for reporting the bad parking.

The iPhone app still isn't in the App Store, but one of the co-founders told Canada AM that the response has been overwhelming.

Would you report bad parking to get a cash reward?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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