Camden businessman creates innovative parking app to find London’s free car spaces
PUBLISHED: 11:58 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 19:24 07 June 2013
A Kentish Town entrepreneur has designed a phone app which could mean never having to pay a parking fine again.
Yellow Line Parking, which is free to download, tells you street-by-street what parking restrictions are in place and where the nearest free parking spaces can be found.
Dan Hubert, who lives in Bartholomew Road, devised the app after getting one too many parking tickets on a single yellow line on a Sunday night.
Mr Hubert, who is a freelance advertising creative, said: “I couldn’t work out why I kept getting tickets because there was no signage.
“Council websites are often very cluttered and hard to get any information from. I wanted to create a one stop shop for everyone in order to break down information about parking.”
The app opens with a guide on “the golden rules of parking” - including information about Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ), explanations of single and double yellow stripes on kerbs and a reminder that drivers should always check for the nearest signpost to tell them about restrictions.
Yellow Line Parking then uses your location to zoom in on the street you are on. It will tell users the times restrictions are in place and whether the road is a red route, event zone, or in a congestion charge zone.
The app also lets users know how much a parking meter will cost and how long a free parking bay is available for.
The app has been endorsed by the president of the European Parking Association and corporate director of services at London Councils, a lobbying organisation that promotes the interests of London’s 33 local authorities.
Mr Hubert presented the app at the London Councils quarterly meeting on May 30 and now plans to expand the app to cover the whole of the UK.
“The team at London Councils are not the type of people who high five, but I got a good response from them,” he said.
“The app gives people immediacy of information when they’re going out with friends or just going to the shops and they need to stop.”
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