22 Jan '11, 9am

DTN Singapore: Huge parking fines inspired parking watch app: SYDNEY - MASSIVE parking fines inspired one Austra...

SYDNEY - MASSIVE parking fines inspired one Australian man to create an iPhone app that lets users warn each other when parking officers are spotted lurking near their cars. 'The idea was pretty much born out of frustration,' said Joseph Darling of 'ParkPatrol', the app developed by his Sydney-based firm to help users avoid tickets that cost what he said was at least A$82 (S$104) a shot - and often more. 'I could show you a list of maybe 20 to 30 parking tickets that I had last year, in my town, just by being a normal driver. I must have spent thousands of dollars.' The final straw came when he was ticketed in his own neighbourhood despite a parking permit that he pays hundreds of dollars for each year. The app lets users 'sign in' and report sightings of parking officers with a single push of a button. Cartoon faces wearing a police cap then appear plotted on a map of the...

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