There are plenty of high-tech services to help you out on the road. We have consumer-friendly long range radar detectors, your choice of taxi apps, smart sensors that tell you where your car is, weather apps, traffic apps – you name it and there’s an auto-friendly app for it.
But even we haven’t ever seen anything like TIKD, a venture company selling an app that literally fights your traffic ticket for you.
TIKD’s view of traffic tickets is – well, familiar. Many cities have automated their ticketing processes to the extent that many tickets are a mere formality, a way to add some extra revenue to budget when people forget or ignore the rules.
A number of drivers have grown annoyed with this system, which can encourage practices like speeding traps or complicated parking rules. TIKD’s response is that if cities are going to automate their ticketing processes to make money, then drivers can automate their side of the ticketing process to save money.
Let’s look at how it works.
- Say you have the TIKD app downloaded, and you get an annoying traffic ticket.
- You can bring up the app, detail where and when they were tickets, snap a photo of the ticket, input the ticket amount, and provide other basic information.
- You then pay a fee that is guaranteed to be less than the amount of the original ticket (this could get complicated in the future, but for now TIKD’s limited scope makes it work), and the company will literally assign a lawyer to your case to represent you in court: You get emails on how your case is going, but otherwise don’t need to get involved.
Here’s the thing – a lot of traffic tickets can be reduced simply by showing up with representation and asking for it. If there’s something uncool about the ticketing situation, it may get entirely removed from your record. In other words, the success rate of TIKD can be pretty high.
But even if you get points on your license (or the local equivalent of a failure), TIKD will refund your fee and pay your original ticket if possible. If you need to pay the ticket yourself, then TIKD will offer a payment plan option.
Currently the service works in the Southeast, available in Atlanta, Baltimore, D.C. and parts of Florida and Maryland.
There are limitations to the process, of course – it doesn’t work with underage driving or any issue involving alcohol, and TIKD won’t touch cases that involve serious injuries. But for smaller tickets, the app appears to work surprisingly well. Would you like it to show up in your city?
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